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Grace Bumbry

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry

Profession: Opera Singer

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Grace Bumbry is one of the leading mezzo-soprano and soprano opera singers of her generation. She made her opera debut in Paris in 1960 in Verdi's "Aïda" before being chosen to sing in Wagner's "Tannhäuser" at the Bayreuth Festival, where she caused a sensation and was afterwards dubbed "Black Venus" by the press.

Bumbry went on to have a long and influential career, singing at The White House and in major opera theaters around the world. In 2009 she was honored with a Kennedy Center Award.

Born: January 4, 1937
Birthplace: St Louis, Missouri, USA
Age: 83 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn

Events in the Life of Grace Bumbry

  • 1961-07-23 American opera singer Grace Bumbry becomes the first black singer to perform at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, she earns 42 curtain calls

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