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Marian Anderson. African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Anderson was the first African American to sing leading role with Metropolitan Opera.

Marian Anderson, the elegant and groundbreaking contralto who was the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera

Marian Anderson, opera singer, during the 1930s.

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Grace Bumbry (born January 4, 1937), an American opera singer, is considered one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation, as well as a major soprano for many years. She was a member of a pioneering generation of singers who followed Marian Anderson (including Leontyne Price, Martina Arroyo, Shirley Verrett and Reri Grist) in the world of classical music and paved the way for future African American opera and classical singers.

Leontyne Price, one of the first African-Americans to be an opera singer

Marian Anderson (1897-1993), renowned contralto and first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera.

Leontyne Price -First African American opera singer to appear at the Metropolitan

The famous opera singer Marian Anderson in the 1920s. Great to see her as a fashionable young woman. Love the dress.