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Grace Bumbry

American opera singer

Grace Bumbry

American opera singer
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birthday
4th
January, 1937
Birth Place
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Birth Sign
capricorn
Biography

Grace Melzia Bumbry (born January 4, 1937), an American opera singer, is considered one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation, as well as a major soprano earlier in her career. She is a member of a pioneering generation of African-American opera and classical singers (including Jessye Norman, Leontyne Price, Martina Arroyo, Shirley Verrett, Kathleen Battle, and Reri Grist) who followed Marian Anderson in the world of opera and classical music paving the way for future African-American opera and concert singers. Bumbry’s voice was rich and dynamic, possessing a wide range, and was capable of producing a very distinctive plangent tone.
In her prime, she also possessed good agility and bel canto technique (see for example her renditions of the ‘Veil Song’ from Verdi’s Don Carlo in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as her Ernani from the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1984). She was particularly noted for her fiery temperament and dramatic intensity on stage. More recently, she has also become known as a recitalist and interpreter of lieder, and as a teacher. From the late 1980s on, she concentrated her career in Europe, rather than in the US. A long-time resident of Switzerland, she now makes her home in Salzburg, Austria.

Occupation

Opera singer

Years Active

1958 present

Name

Grace Bumbry

Nationality

United States of America

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