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Opera Singer Breanna Sinclairé on making her mark through music

Opera Singer Breanna Sinclairé
Spencer Aldworth Brown
Opera Singer Breanna Sinclairé

Breanna Sinclairé overcame many obstacles which include discrimination and homelessness. She almost gave up singing entirely. Today, Breanna is no stranger to breaking barriers and reaching international acclaim. She became the first trans woman to sing the national anthem at a professional sporting event, graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is featured in the opera film Bound. She shares her story with us.

Bound is available to stream until April 24th.

This interview was produced with help from Porfirio Rangel.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.