The singer refused to participate in the opera because of the blackface.

Opera singer Angel Blue has announced she is pulling out of an opera performance in Italy, citing the audience wearing facial makeup at a recent performance.
The American soprano, who was scheduled to perform in La Traviata at Italy’s Arena di Verona, announced her decision in an Instagram post on Friday.
Former beauty queen Blue became the first African-American woman to sing the role of Violetta in La Traviata at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, in 2019.
The upcoming performance would be her first at the Arena di Verona.
The Grammy winner said it was due to the theatre’s production of another of Giuseppe Verdi’s operas, Aida, in which the performers wore blackface.
“Let me be clear: the use of blackface under any circumstances, artistic or otherwise, is a deeply flawed practice based on archaic theatrical traditions that have no place in modern society,” she wrote.

“This is offensive, demeaning and outright racist. Dot”.

The term “blackface” refers to non-black people using dark make-up to portray a black character in a performance or costume.
Activists and advocates have long condemned the practice, saying it perpetuates racist and degrading stereotypes.

Blue said she “cannot in good conscience” contact an institution that continues the practice.

Trade publication OperaWire reported that Arena di Verona stated that its main goal has always been to create the world through the dissemination and development of music and art.
The company reportedly stated that its agreement with Angel Blue was reached almost a year ago, and that the characteristics of the production were “well known” when Angel Blue “knowingly made a commitment” to sing in the arena.
“We have no reason or intention to offend or violate anyone’s feelings,” the company said.
“We believe in dialogue, in an attempt to understand the point of view of others, in relation to consciously assumed artistic obligations.”
“Angel, we and the audience of the Arena di Verona look forward to meeting you: this will be an opportunity for a constructive and concrete dialogue, starting with your reflections.”

Former beauty queen Blue became the first African-American woman to sing the role of Violetta in La Traviata at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, in 2019.