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Women of Distinction - Leontyne Price, Opera Singer Leontyne Price is an American opera singer (soprano) best known for her Verdi roles, above all the title role of Aida.Photo: Price as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (1966) by American composer Samuel Barber

Leontyne Price as Cleopatra, 1966 -Mary Violet Leontyne Price (born Feb 10, 1927) an American soprano. She rose to international acclaim in the 1950-1960s - one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera. Critic characterized Price's voice as "vibrant", "soaring" & "a Price beyond pearls", as well as "genuinely buttery, carefully produced but firmly under control", with phrases that "took on a seductive sinuousness."

Mary Violet Leontyne Price rose to international acclaim in the1950s & 60s as one of the 1st African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera. Time magazine called her voice "Rich, supple and shining." Her many honors are the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts & 19 Grammy Awards & special Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989

Leontyne Price As Aida in 1984, her final season at the Met. | opera

Leontyne Price. On January 27, 1961, she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore where she received a 42-minute ovation, one of the longest in the Met’s history. She has 15 Grammys for voice recordings, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964), the Kennedy Center Honors (1980), and the National Medal of Arts (1985).