(Born January 4, 1937)
Grace Bumbry is an American opera singer, who made the successful transition from leading mezzo-soprano roles to spinto soprano.
She was a member of an extraordinary and pioneering generation of singers who followed Marian Anderson- to break down the doors of racial discrimination in the opera world. Other singers in that group included Leontyne Price, Martina Arroyo, Shirley Verrett and Reri Grist.
Originally intending to become a recitalist, her career took a turn that landed her into the worlds leading opera houses. Her early career saw her being the first black "Venus" in Tannhauser at Bayreuth and since then she has gone on to have an extraordinarily long career singing in all the major opera houses of the world.
Grace Bumbry retains a special place in the hearts of opera lovers the world over. A much respected artist, her range and expressive interpretations of all the major roles has earned her a rightful place at the table of truly great singers of the 20th Century.
She is pictured here as Amneris in Verdi's Aida and there is a filmed record of her playing both Aida roles, Amneris and Aida- against herself. It is extraordinary for the depth she brings to both roles.
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