(Born February 10th, 1927)
Leontyne Price is an American lirico spinto soprano, born and raised in the Deep (segregated) South.
She rose to international fame in the 1950s and 1960s, and was the first African-American to become a leading "prima donna assoluta" at the Metropolitan Opera.
Well suited to the roles of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, she also excelled in operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Her luscious, burnished voice ranged from A-flat below middle C to the E above high C. (She said she reached high Fs "in the shower.")
With a legion of awards and recordings to her credit, Leontyne Price retired from the Metropolitan Opera stage in 1985, performing one of her signature roles, the title role in Verdi's "Aida."
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