Leontyne Price, soprano singer. She was one of the 1st African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Spingarn Medal, the Kennedy Center Honor, the National Medal of Arts, numerous honorary degrees, and 19 Grammy Awards, more Grammys than any other classical singer. She is also one of the recipients of the 1st Opera Honors given by the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera Singers, Two, Mr. Price, Leontyn Price, Leaded Artists, Africans American, Leontyne Price, Black History, Metropolitan Opera
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Leontyne Price born in Laurel, Mississippi
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. 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).