Harold: A Portrait Of Harold Blair

ABC • 1995

Harold Blair is one of Australia's forgotten heroes. This documentary reveals how Harold emerged from the Queensland Reserve system in 1945 to become the last renown tenor of the concert hall era.

A Portrait of Harold Blair – An Unsung Hero

Harold Blair is one of Australia’s forgotten heroes. This documentary reveals how Harold emerged from the Queensland Reserve system in 1945 to become the last renown tenor of the concert hall era.

Touted by the media as the first Aborigine to sing opera and a model of assimilation, Harold made a fantastic journey from the Mission to the Conservatorium in Melbourne. Here he met Dorothy Eden, who ignored the prejudices of the day and became his wife. Harold went on to study in New York where he found blacks succeeding at all levels of society. In 1952 he returned to Australia at the invitation of the ABC, determined to strive for equal rights for his people.

This is a moving account of Harold’s story, revealed through compelling archival footage, recordings of his singing and contemporary interviews with those who were close to him.

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