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Leontyne Price

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
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Profession: Opera Soprano

United States of America

Biography: One of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1960s.

A soprano, Price's voice was especially suited to the works of Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In 1966 she was chosen to sing the lead the reopening of the Met in its new purpose-designed Lincoln Centre in New York in "Anthony and Cleopatra"

Price is the recipient of many awards including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and 9 Grammys.

Born: February 10, 1927
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, USA
Age: 95 years old

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Aquarius

Married Life

  • 1952-08-31 Soprano singer Leontyne Mary Violet Price (25) weds concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32)

Historical Events

  • 1957-09-20 Leontyne Price makes her operatic stage debut singing Madame Lidoine in the US premiere of "Dialogues of the Carmelites" in San Francisco
  • 1960-05-21 Leontyne Price becomes the first African American to sing the lead at Teatro alla Scala in Milan in "Aida"
  • 1961-01-27 Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli make debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in "Il trovatore"; final curtain call lasts 35 minutes
  • 1966-09-16 Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center, New York with Leontyne Price as Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra" by Samuel Barber
  • 1985-01-03 Leontyne Price makes her final operatic appearance in a televised performance of "Aida" at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

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