Tenor George Shirley, soprano Martina Arroyo, and mezzo-sopranos Grace Bumbry
and Shirley Verrett all joined the Met roster of singers as a result of being audition winners.
The collection details her childhood in Mississippi during Jim Crow, her early studies at the famed Juilliard School, and features the voices of some of her lifelong champions and collaborators such as composer Samuel Barber, conductor Herbert von Karajan, and soprano Grace Bumbry
. The protegee of the great Marian Anderson, the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera House, Price is considered one of the most revered sopranos of the twentieth century.
I got to see him in action as he vigorously confronted two patrons in the adjacent box who had the audacity to boo right in the middle of Grace Bumbry
's aria in Carmen.
Voice of Black Opera has been launched by the Black British Classical Foundation, whose patrons include politician/diplomat Lord Boateng and the acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry
But it was Catriona who shone and she was handed the trophy by the competition's patron, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, after winning over a jury which included Welsh National Opera's artistic director David Pountney (chairman), mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry
, soprano Sumi Jo, baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and conductor Anu Tali.
Especially memorable are the excerpts from his Fidelio recording with Christa Ludwig, Carmen with Grace Bumbry
, and Otello opposite Mirella Freni and Peter Glossup.
The release also has a Carmen from Buenos Aires, with Grace Bumbry
in the title role and Georges Pretre conducting.
Offensive Highlights: OF Gene Richards (.326), Al Bumbry
(.340), and Tony Scott (.360) all hit for high average.
She is a mezzo soprano, a gorgeous mulatto named Grace Bumbry
, considered one of the best Carmens.
Luranah's professional life as an opera singer was not without its own significant achievements-Ross contends that she should be given credit for unofficially breaking the color barrier at the Bayreuth Festival 65 years before Crace Bumbry
's triumphant performance there in 1961.
Felten, P., Bagg, J., Bumbry
, M., Hill, J., Hornsby, K., Pratt, M., & Weller, S.