Bill Doggett Productions -  Lectures,Exhibitions,Strategic Marketing,Arts Advocacy



 
 Bill Doggett is a strategic marketing and business development consultant with a passion for and long association with the world of the Classical Performing Arts. 

Doggett's blended skill sets in strategic marketing, Advertising agency pitch/jingle writing, business development/outside sales and Artists Relations publicity are focused for musicians, composers, authors, Performing Arts and History/Archives institutions.  
 
Bill Doggett has also been recognized for leadership as a social entrepreneur utilizing the Arts as a vehicle for inter generational dialogue within and across diverse communities.     

His leadership has been recognized by the former Mayor of The City of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom,  California State Senator, Mark Leno and The City of Berkeley Mayor, Tom Bates. 

He is passionate about Performing Arts advocacy in enriching the lives of communities of color with the experience of The Performing Arts that mirrors their lives and reflects their communities in both concert halls and opera stages.      In this work, he employs his deep knowledge of musicology history contextualized within American history.     

This blended genre focus of  History and Music is clear through the lense of  his well received  curated formal Exhibitions.

  • The African American Concert Singer  1900-1962 
  • Porgy and Bess:From Broadway to San Francisco 
  • The Underground Railroad: Songs of Hope and Freedom,The Civil War @150 years*
  • The Journey To Freedom:The Emancipation Proclamation at 150 Years
  • History Interactions

 Please view The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess exhibition for San Francisco Opera below.   

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess  exhibition and other "virtual tours" of additional exhibitions are shared for the purpose of  "portfolio showcase" and for  hiring /retaining me to curate a similar exhibition for your venue/organization.  

 For virtual tours of other exhibitions, please contact me directly by using the contact us link. 




















Multifaceted, Doggett also creates bridges for inter generational  dialogue through the Visual Arts as a seasoned Art photographer.  The Visual Arts, history  and music are blended for teaching and story telling.













Doggett is a dedicated and passionate supporter of New Music and blended genres that act as agents for inter generational dialogue.

You are listening to the exquisite Impressionist sound world of the great late 20th Century Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu.   

Takemitsu's  Towards The Sea evokes the iconic and revolutionary Impressionist sound world  of 1894-99 showcased in Nuages from Trois Nocturnes and Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy.    
To purchase this  jewel of Contemporary Music: Visit Amazon.com

In addition to The Classical Performing Arts, Doggett has worked in the jazz and popular music arena in strategic marketing as agent/publicist, free agent talent booker/promoter, community relations and project manager with theatre, arts festivals and community wide  events
For this detail view this important link on this website


August 26th, 2015   Summer 2015, THE ARGONAUT,
The Journal of  The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society Volume 26, No.1

 Emancipation Proclamation: San Francisco and African American Concert Singers: In Paradisum 1880-2000  by Archivist/Historian, by Bill Doggett  Archivist/Historian 




























This excellent 16 page  Feature work  filled with rare archival material is available as a Digital Edition for $10.00      

Visit my STORE to purchase the Digital Edition -as well as the beautifully designed gatefold rich  Print Edition here: http://www.billdoggettproductions.com/Store.html


Doggett has contributed to and has been quoted in important Arts feature articles including October 5th 2013 American Al Jazeera article about The Closing of  New York City Opera, an opera company engaged in social entrepreneurship that provided critical agency for African American singers and composers   


Composer, William Grant Still conducts



Publicity writer and strategist consultant: Fall 2014 LA Opera:Dido and Aeneas:Introducing The 3 Countertenors  

*Ghost writer and publicist hired by LA Opera to place and market pitch the historic premiere of 3 African American Countertenors in the innovative production of Komische Oper Berlin Director Barrie Kosky's production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas 10/25-11/15 2014






















































 

















Historic 3 Countertenors:Thomas Allen,John Holiday,Darryl Taylor,Photo:Bill DoggettLead Countertenor,John Holiday and Director, Barrie Kosky Photo:Bill Doggett







The 3 Countertenors with  Paula Murrihy,who sings the lead role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas. Photo by Bill Doggett

A COMPANION TO AFRICLASSICAL.COM, A WEBSITE ON AFRICAN HERITAGE IN CLASSICAL MUSIC. MEET 52 BLACK COMPOSERS AND MUSICIANS, TAKE A BLACK HISTORY QUIZ AND HEAR OVER 100 AUDIO SAMPLES AT THE SITE.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014


Bill Doggett writes:
Dateline: Los Angeles Dorothy Chandler Pavilion/Music Center
 
For the first time on a leading opera stage anywhere in the world, three African American men who are Countertenors performed together in their LA Opera Debuts in Barrie Kosky's innovative production of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.
 
Cast creatively as the iconic witches, John Holiday was featured The Sorcereress with her "court": comprised of Darryl Taylor and Thomas Allen.
 
Beautiful, brightly sung by all, this historic casting also featured creative and well done comedic acting.    A must see.        Performances continue through November 15th.
 
Visit  LA Opera website for tickets   www.laopera.org



Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle:Barrie Kosky LA Opera:Photo credit:LA Times 10/27Purcell's Dido and Aeneas:Barrie Kosky production LA Opera:Photo Credit:LA Times 10/27

 






Bill Doggett shared his photo.6 hrs · Facebook,Twitter,Linked In Social Media Strategy Pitch 11/11/2014


Black men SHINE at LA Opera- Final chances to see The 3 Countertenors-John Holiday,Darryl Taylor,G Thomas Allen in Dido& Aeneas 11/12&11/15+ NEW:renown baritone Gordon Hawkins stars 11/22 through December in Spanish opera, Florencia en el Amazonas    EXPERIENCE The Excitement   Visit: www.laopera.org

Testimonial: Bill, You were wonderfully helpful on this specific pitch.  We enjoyed collaborating with you on this project and we look forward to our next encounter.   Gary W. Murphy, Director of Communications and Public Relations, LA Opera

 Testimonial:  Dearest Bill
Thank you so much for all of your hard, diligent and thoughtful work surrounding my debut as the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas at Los Angeles Opera.  Also, your coverage of us, the three African American countertenors, helped us to make an even larger statement.  You are absolutely one of the best.  Thanks, again!     John Holiday, Countertenor

Testimonial: I very much appreciate the time and attention you gave to highlighting the Three Countertenors of LA Opera's Dido and Aeneas. The market saturation not only brought needed attention to the historic event, but provided invigorating media attention to a wonderful production. Well done! And thanks!!     Darryl Taylor, Countertenor

Year in Review Mark Swed's Best Classical moments of 2014- LA Opera Dido&Aeneas: The 3 Countertenors *Bravi tutti  Photos@LATimes










AFRICLASSICAL
A COMPANION TO AFRICLASSICAL.COM, A WEBSITE ON AFRICAN HERITAGE IN CLASSICAL MUSIC. MEET 52 BLACK COMPOSERS AND MUSICIANS, TAKE A BLACK HISTORY QUIZ AND HEAR OVER 100 AUDIO SAMPLES AT THE SITE.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014


Row 1 Kevin Thompson, Elliott Carlton Hines, Babatunde Akinboboye

Row 2:  John Holiday, G Thomas Allen, Darryl Taylor,Gordon Hawkins










Bill Doggett writes:
 
 
Dateline, Santa Barbara, California, November 7th 2014,The Granada Theater
 
For the second time in less than two weeks, Black men  who sing opera have made history on two opera stages in Southern California   First, three Countertenors in LA Opera's Barrie Kosky's production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and now...a Bass and two Baritones in Opera Santa Barbara's Season Opening production of Verdi's Rigoletto at the historic Granada Theater, Friday night, November 7th.
 
At Opera Santa Barbara's Season Opener, they are.... Bass, Kevin Thompson in the principal role of Sparafucile, Baritone, Eliiott Carlton Hines in the principal role of Monterone and Baritone, Babatunde Akinboboye in the comprimario role of Usher.   

To my knowledge, this is the first performance anywhere of Verdi’s Rigoletto  in which three African American men have been cast in leading roles.
 
Performed at Santa Barbara’s historic Granada Theater, Thompson, Hines and Akinboboye vocally shined in their roles adding to an exquisitely cast production of exceptionally gifted young singers who performed in their Opera Santa Barbara debuts, the principal roles of Rigoletto [Evan Brummel], Duke of Mantua [Cody Austin] and Gilda [Andrea Carroll]       

Making his Opera Santa Barbara conducting debut, Christopher Allen, Associate Conductor of LA Opera provided a beautifully hewn interpretation masterfully performed by The Opera Orchestra.
 
Kevin Thompson, who sang the principal role of Sparafucile is a Bass of commanding presence with a Bass tessitura that is huge,booming and clearly signals to Artistic Directors that he is an awesome choice as a  future Fafner or Fasolt in Wagner’s Ring Cycle.    In his 2013 debut at Opera Santa Barbara, Mr. Thompson sang the principal leading role of Ramfis  in Verdi’s Aida to great acclaim.   Elliott Carlton Hines' Monterone amply demonstrated his gift to both enliven the inner pathos and conflict of his character while retaining an outward dignity at the pronouncement of his ill fated destiny.

The title role of Rigoletto is one of the great principal baritone roles in Grand Opera.

At The Metropolitan Opera in 1956, Robert McFerrin made history as the first African American to sing the famous role.   At Seattle Opera in 1995, McFerrin’s legacy was bejeweled  by  Gordon Hawkins, for  whom the role is now one of his many signature roles.
Robert McFerrin, legendary Baritone:the first Black baritone to sing Rigoletto on an American opera stage:THE MET 1956Gordon Hawkins: the second Black Baritone to sing Rigoletto on an American opera stage:SEATTLE OPERA 1995Evan Brummel, Rigoletto in Opera Santa Barbara November 2014
  




At Opera Santa Barbara, Evan Brummel,  a 2014 Opera San Jose Artist in Residence  not only sang the role with great passion and beauty but of equal importance brought to his portrayal the deeply communicated  inner torture of being The  Court Jester and the ultimate tragedy of “The Curse of Monterone”

Opera Santa Barbara General Director, Steven Sharpe and Artistic Director, Jose Maria Condemi must be applauded for the artistic decisions to cast these exceptionally talented young singers.   Having attended the 1997 and 2012 San Francisco Opera productions of Rigoletto, last night I was frankly blown away by the gorgeous world class singing of the Principals with particular applause to Cody Austin’s verismo first performance as The Duke and Andrea Carroll’s ravishingly beautiful performance as Gilda.   Both singers were making their debuts
 
Moreover, as one of the Founding Board of Directors of Los Angeles Opera’s African Americans for LA Opera [AALAO] who served on the board from 1994-1999,mirroring on stage the social demographics of the larger community in which a Performing Arts institution resides has long been a critical goal to usher forward new audience development, as well as celebrating diversity in artistic merit of young and emerging singers..   This end goal informed  LA Opera’s first General Director, Peter Hemmings and has blossomed under the leadership of Placido Domingo at LA Opera
 
What is exceptional about the artistic choices at Opera Santa Barbara is the decision to showcase diversity in casting as a matter of progressive artistic vision.   Demographic mirroring to support the casting choices is not present in Santa Barbara, making this exceptional and noteworthy.
 
Black Opera History is upon us….

In October and November, 2014  at both LA Opera and Opera Santa Barbara, six gifted Black men have and continue to make their mark in celebrating artistic excellence as singers of exceptional promise.      

 At Opera Santa Barbara Rigoletto: Kevin Thompson, Elliott Carlton Hines and Babatunde Akinboboye, at LA Opera Dido and Aeneas: John Holiday, Darryl Taylor and G Thomas Allen.   Bravi Tutti

View Version 1 on Africlassical.com  {this is Version 2}  http://africlassical.blogspot.com/2014/11/bill-doggett-african-american-men-make.html


The world of The contemporary African American Composer


Shawn Okpebholo
Roy Jennings:Dynamic New Arranged Negro Spirituals&Art Songs
Anthony Davis:Composer of operas X,Amistad,Tania,Piano,Violin Concerti

Trevor Weston




Tania LeonAdolphus HailstorkJeffrey Mumford

                                                                                                                                              



Beginning in 2012 to the present day, I have been engaged in strategic marketing and branding consultancy with California based Black composers, Anthony Davis and Richard Thompson and New Generation Black Composers profiled on the blog resource below.  

Visit and listen to my Blog Resource on The World of Black Composers Music.  This resource is a valuable repertoire and programming tool which is found no where else on the Internet 

 March 4th 2014, client composer, Richard Thompson was featured: In Studio interview with Evening host, Jim Svejda on classical music radio station, KUSC-FM. 

KUSC is the premiere classical music radio station on the West Coast.   Richard Thompson's In Studio interview follows in the august footsteps of  two earlier interviews with Contemporary Black Composers, George Walker and Adolphus Hailstork


   


Premiere of Chamber Opera, The Mask in The Mirror August 2012,Trilogy OperaComposer,Richard Thompson In Studio Interview at KUSC-FM with renown Evening Host, Jim Svejda








Richard Thompson with renown Classical Music Radio host Jim Svejda, KUSC-FM, Los Angeles 2/17/2014: Photo by Bill Doggett  
August 2012 Premiere:The Mask in The Mirror by Richard Thompson at Trilogy Opera New Jersey: Composer curtain call   Photo courtesy of Albert Cunningham

Standing Ovation:Premiere March 2013,Anthony Davis chamber opera, Lear On The Second FloorTalk Back with Composer, Anthony Davis and librettist, Allan Havis











March 2013 Premiere of Anthony Davis chamber opera, Lear on The 2nd Floor, University of California San Diego:Photos by Bill Doggett

March 26, 2015 KUSC-FM: A Conversation with The Author of Roland Hayes: Legacy of An American Tenor: An In Studio Interview parlayed by Bill Doggett Productions    Streaming live at 10:00pm California time www.kusc.org



Musically, Doggett is a product of The University of Southern California School of Music, as a private student ages 5-18 in both The Preparatory Division [piano-student of William Neal Roberts] and later as a cellist [ private student of Eleanor Schoenfeld]  at Clark House.  He matured to the role of principal cellist during both his Freshman and Sophomore years at Georgetown University.
 
In 1994, he was invited to  be one of the founding Board of Directors of Los Angeles Opera’s African Americans for LA Opera, a division of The Opera League formed in 1994 in the wake of the 1992 riots sparked by the Rodney King beating.
 
Serving on the board from 1994-99, he specialized in audience development, assisting in outreach, special events marketing, event photography and diversity reports in main stage casting and audiences.   He brought to the board a deep knowledge of the history of African American singers, opera history and classical art song repertoire. 
 
A business photographer for Pacific Bell/SBC[AT&T West] California state wide working for its President and CEO, Chuck Smith, 1987-2003, Doggett’s  frequent attendance at San Francisco Opera under Lotfi Mansouri and American Conservatory Theater  provided rich insights for helping to create a template for greater diversity in audience development at Los Angeles Opera.   
 
Doggett’s artists and public relations background further positioned him to be viewed frequently as a singer's agent or publicist. Such was the memorable immediate recognition by Florence Quivar, the renown Met Opera Mezzo Soprano, during a backstage visit after her Los Angeles Philharmonic performance of Gustav Mahler’sSongs of A Wayfarer. 
 
Doggett further represented African Americans for LA Opera[AALAO} in artists relations with Gwendolyn Bradley, Willard White, Simon Estes and Eric Owens to specific post recital back stage public relations outreach on behalf of the Board with Leontyne Price, Kathleen Battle, Barbara Hendricks, Willard White and Eric Owens in Southern and Northern California concerts.   

At Seattle Opera, during their 1995 Wagner Ring Cycle with a Los Angeles Opera Board group visit sponsored by the late Dr. Sherwin Sloan, he met Seattle Opera General Director, Speight Jenkins and and opera staff,who shared knowledge of their stewardship in casting of African American singers i.e. Vinson Cole  and Gordon Hawkins and their shared vision of diversity in opportunity and casting e.g the voice vs skin color.    
 
At San Francisco Opera 1996-2000, he was associated with Adler Fellows, Soprano Allison Buchanan, Bass Chester Patton and Tenor Norman Shankle with a warm professional rapport with San Francisco Opera Managing Director, Michael Savage and the late Lotfi Mansouri, General Manager.  

Doggett as Historian and Arts advocate Public Radio Interviews 

Comcast Newsmakers Interview Promo for 2011 Exhibition:The Underground Railroad:Songs of Freedom and Hope
June 2013 Denver Public Radio for The Spirituals Project Conference, University of Denver  Topic: Negro Spirituals, African Spirit Worship meet Christianity    Listen on Sound Cloud

Fall 2012: Story Corps, National Day Of Listening: Topic:The Doggett Family Story:Spirituality,Spirituals and The Value of Arts Advocacy*Interview is in memoriam, to my parents, Frances Doggett and Rev. John N Doggett Jr














Creating signature Cultural Legacy events using The Arts and Music as an inter generational and cross cultural bridge

 The March on Washington 50th Anniversary, Berkeley California, Pacific School of Religion,August 17th, 2013 



Doggett produced and underwrote a day long Symposium that used both iconic Negro Spirituals and inter active audience community singing of  The Civil Rights Movement Freedom Songs intermixed with intergenerational panels of SF Bay Area Inter Faith, Social Justice and Youth Leadership.  

Symposium topics included: The Theology of Freedom, From Seneca Falls, Selma to Stonewall: the impact of social protest legacies on social justice for Women,  Hispanic and Lgbt communities  in the SF Bay Area, Immigration,The Dream Act:A Civil Rights legacy,  Youth Leadership and The Dream 1963-2014, an inter generational panel of 1960s and 2013 youth leadership. 

Held at Berkeley's Pacific School of Religion with assistance from The City of Berkeley,The Symposium was dedicated in memory to  the late Rev. John N Doggett Jr,  Bill Doggett's father, a renown Civil Rights Movement leader in Los Angeles and St Louis and founding pastor of  Downs Memorial United Methodist Church 1947-49 on the border of Berkeley in North Oakland.   
Thanks to Riess Potterveld, Graduate School of Theology, City of Berkeley Councilmen, Kriss Worthington and Darryl Moore, Jeff Steinberg/Sojourn To The Past and US Bank for their invaluable assistance.

View the promotional video below created by Los Angeles filmographer, Andy Kimmel  http://www.remembr.us/











June 1995 :Placido Domingo and Bill Doggett:Photo by Lee Salem:AT Opening Night Party LA Opera for Porgy and Bess: Domingo was the newly appointed General Director and I was the youngest Board of Director of  African Americans for LA Opera: a new Initiative of LA Opera

June 1995 -Los Angeles Opera Opening Night Party for Porgy and Bess with new General Director, Placido Domingo. I was the youngest Board of Director of the newly formed African Americans for LA Opera. I served on Board 1994-1999{Artists Relations,Audience Development and Community Outreach} Photo by Lee Salem Photography  

Spring 1997Artist Relations and Community Outreach as the youngest Board of  Director of LA Opera's African Americans Division, AALAO    

 At San Francisco Opera with soprano, Marquita Lister in her dressing room with Conductor Donald Runnicles after her performance of AIDA. 
 
In June 1995, Marquita Lister starred as Bess in LA Opera's 60th Anniversary production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.

Ms. Lister  was the inaugural artist celebrated by the newly formed LA Opera League Board: African Americans for LA Opera- a community outreach and audience development effort of  LA Opera's Opera League in response to the 1992 Rodney King Riots.
   
I organized and coordinated a weekend trip to San Francisco Opera for LA Opera's African Americans Board to support Ms. Lister's debut at San Francisco Opera.
Coordinating with San Francisco Opera contacts, I put together A Tribute Luncheon to celebrate  Ms. Lister's debut followed the next day at the upscale opera house vicinity restaurant Stars' Cafe on Van Ness Avenue.


October 2012- Heritage Keeper Award  Recipient at 9th Annual Friends of Negro Spirituals Heritage Day. Award for Exhibitions curation and education outreach

Recipient:Heritage Keepers Award Fall 2012:Friends of Negro Spirituals

Recipient:Heritage Keepers Award Fall 2012:Friends of Negro Spirituals






Association for Recorded Sound Collections 2014 ConferenceAssociation for Recorded Sound Collections 2014 ConferenceBerlin 1994:Deutsche Oper UBahn Station:Photo by host, Frank Loevenich


1994 Deutsche Oper:Tannhauser:Gotz Friedrich Production.  I was honored to meet the legendary Gotz Friedrich afterwards
Berlin, 1994-95   During my tenure as founding board member of  Los Angeles Opera's African Americans Opera League division, I traveled to Berlin Germany.  This photo was taken in March 1994 at the U Bahn stop for Deutsche Oper.   Attending their March 1994 Gotz Friedrich Inszenierung of Wagner's Tannhauser, I had the honor of meeting the legendary Gotz Friedrich  and his wife Karan Armstrong back stage.     With the hospitality of  a Berlin based LA Opera patron and friend, I also attended  Berlin Staatsoper's productions of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and La Traviata at Dresden'sSemperOper.    
My visit to Berlin was focused around Berlin Komische Oper'sperformance of  Berthold Goldschmidt's Nazi era suppressed masterpiece, Der Gewaltige Hahnrei, which had just been released by Decca/London as part of the critical Entartete Musik Series: Music by Composers suppressed by The Nazis. 















1995 Berlin:Staatsoper:DieWalkure:Harry Kupfer Production starring Falk Struckmann, Conductor, Daniel Barenboim


1995 Berlin Staatsoper after Harry Kupfer production of Die Walkure with host Frank Loevenich,Deutsche Bank and friends



























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