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Camilla Ella Williams was an American operatic soprano who performed nationally and internationally. After studying with renowned teachers in New York City, she was the first African American to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company, the New York City Opera. She had earlier won honors in vocal competitions and the Marian Anderson Fellowship in 1943-1944. In 1954 she became the first African American to sing a major role with the Vienna State Opera. She later also performed as a soloist with numerous European orchestras. As a concert artist, she toured throughout the United States as well as Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In 1977, she was the first African American appointed as Professor of Voice at Indiana University, and she taught there until 1997.
Camilla Williams (d. 1/29/2012) best known as the first African American opera star with the New York City Opera. You may find her in stores portraying Madam Butterfly or perhaps Neda, Mimi or Aida. One thing is for sure. If you hear an operatic voice in an unexpected place, get out your ghost machine, thumb through your ghostidex and see if you can pull her treasure in. Ghost hunting can be a very lucrative and most interesting career indeed.
RIP Camilla Williams