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Only Here Podcast: An Opera Singer Breaking Down Barriers

Eva Monroy, Elena Galitskaia and Anishka Lee-Skorepa walk in front of the bor...

Photo by Stefan Falke / La Frontera Project / borderartists.com

Above: Eva Monroy, Elena Galitskaia and Anishka Lee-Skorepa walk in front of the border fence in Playas de Tijuana, October 2018.

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Anishka Lee-Skorepa wants to break cultural barriers surrounding both the border and opera music. The San Diego opera singer is part of Artistas Fronterizas, a group that works to paint a clearer picture of border life through performances in places where opera doesn't normally go. Our series of episodes focused on border art continues with a story about an opera ... Read more →

Aired: December 18, 2019 | Transcript

Anishka Lee-Skorepa wants to break cultural barriers surrounding both the border and opera music.

The San Diego opera singer is part of Artistas Fronterizas, a group that works to present a clearer and more positive picture of border life through their performances in Mexico and the United States.

The group puts on concerts that demystify border life and make opera accessible to people outside the normal opera-going crowd. They introduce their arias and art songs in both Spanish and English and, in between songs, they talk about what it's really like to live in a border town. And the concerts happen in bars, restaurants and other venues that reach an atypical opera audience.

"We think of ourselves kind of like ambassadors of another narrative of border life," Lee-Skorepa said. "You know, it's not just drugs, it's not just immigration, it's not the violence that so often makes the media coverage. There's all these other subtle things happening, and we want to present that to a wider audience."

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Photo by STEFAN FALKE / LA FRONTERA PROJECT / BORDERARTISTS.COM

Eva Monroy, Anishka Lee-Skorepa and Elena Galitskaia of Artistas Fronterizas stand in front of the border fence in Playas de Tijuana, October 2018.

In a new episode of "Only Here," a KPBS podcast about unexplored subcultures, creativity and conflict at the U.S.-Mexico border, our series of short episodes focused on border art continues with a story about an opera singer who’s painting a picture of border culture through song.

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Kinsee Morlan
Podcast Producer & Project Coordinator

opening quote marksclosing quote marksI’ve lived across the border. I’ve covered art and culture at the border for more than a decade. But I still have so many questions when it comes to how the wall touches people’s lives. I bet you have questions, too. I want to know what you want to know about border culture.

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