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Independent Lens Episode: "When I Rise"

Season 12, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: "When I Rise" relates the story of mezzo-soprano Barbara Smith Conrad, who entered the University of Texas in 1957 as part of its first racially integrated undergraduate class only to be removed from the lead of a university opera because of her color. She went on to become a celebrated opera singer, starring in productions all over the world. The inspirational documentary features remarks from the charismatic diva; Harry Belafonte; and New York City Opera conductor Julius Rudel.
Original Air Date: Feb 8, 2011

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Premiered: August 09, 1999, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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