Renowned opera singers to address students at MPS’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts

Part of nationwide ‘HistoryMakers’ program featuring prominent black Americans encouraging students to commit to education

MILWAUKEE – Renowned opera singers Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon will address students at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Milwaukee High School of the Arts Friday afternoon as part of a nationwide effort to connect prominent black leaders with students.

The husband-and-wife speakers will address students at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 27 at the school, 2300 W. Highland Avenue, Milwaukee 53233.

The theme of the 4th annual “Back to School With the HistoryMakers” is “commit.” According to HistoryMakers organizers, the presenters will “personally recount their own school experiences and the struggles that they encountered on their paths to success, and most importantly, to encourage students to commit to their education.”


Biographies provided by HistoryMakers:

Rodrick Dixon is an opera singer, and trained initially with the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. Dixon made his operatic debut with the Los Angeles Opera in Tannhause in 2007. In 1998, Dixon began performing with the Tenors Cook, Dixon and Young (formerly of the Three Mo’ Tenors). In 2002, Dixon and his wife, opera singer, Alfreda Burke, performed in Too Hot to Handel at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre and the Detroit Opera House.

Alfreda Burke is an opera singer, and made her Carnegie and Orchestra Hall debuts in 1995 in Strauss’ Elektra with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Daniel Barenboim. She has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia; the Cincinnati Pops Symphony Orchestra; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; the Prague Philharmonic; and the Umbria Music Festival (Italy). In 2002, Burke and her husband, opera singer Rodrick Dixon, performed in Too Hot to Handel at the Detroit Opera House and Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre (2006). 


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