Leontyne Price

Soprano. Born 10 February 1927
Leontyne Price
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1927-02-10
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Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price Biography (Wikipedia)

Mary Violet Leontyne Price (born February 10, 1927) is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s, and was the first African American to become a prima donna at the Metropolitan Opera.

One critic characterized Price's voice as "vibrant", "soaring" and "a Price beyond pearls", as well as "genuinely buttery, carefully produced but firmly under control", with phrases that "took on a seductive sinuousness." Time magazine called her voice "Rich, supple and shining, it was in its prime capable of effortlessly soaring from a smoky mezzo to the pure soprano gold of a perfectly spun high C."

A lirico spinto (Italian for "pushed lyric") soprano, she was considered especially well suited to the roles of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, as well as several in operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

After her retirement from the opera stage in 1985, she continued to appear in recitals and orchestral concerts until 1997.

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Samuel Barber
Sleep Now, Op. 10, No. 2
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Sleep Now, Op. 10, No. 2
Richard Rodgers
It Never Entered My Mind
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It Never Entered My Mind

It Never Entered My Mind

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Andre Previn Orchestra
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Last played on
Samuel Barber
The monk and his cat (Hermit Songs)
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The monk and his cat (Hermit Songs)
George Gershwin
Introduction; Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
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Introduction; Summertime (Porgy and Bess)
Leontyne Price
O Holy Night
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O Holy Night
Leontyne Price
Verdi: Aida: O Terra, Addio, Addio Valle Di Pianti
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Verdi: Aida: O Terra, Addio, Addio Valle Di Pianti
Leontyne Price
Puccini: Suor Angelica: Senza Mamma
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Puccini: Suor Angelica: Senza Mamma
Giuseppe Verdi
Ritorna Vincitor from Aida
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Ritorna Vincitor from Aida

Ritorna Vincitor from Aida

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Coro e Orchestra del teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Antonín Dvořák
Song To The Moon
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Song To The Moon

Song To The Moon

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New Symphony Orchestra
Träd
Were You There When They Crucified My Lord
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Were You There When They Crucified My Lord
Georges Bizet
L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) - Carmen Act 1
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L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) - Carmen Act 1
Giacomo Puccini
Tosca (Ah, quegli occhi... Quale occhio al mondo)
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Tosca (Ah, quegli occhi... Quale occhio al mondo)
Samuel Barber
Archive Excerpts from Hermit Songs
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Archive Excerpts from Hermit Songs
Giacomo Puccini
Tosca: Act 3 - Final Duet. 'Ah! Franchigia a Floria Tosca... O dolci mani'
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Tosca: Act 3 - Final Duet. 'Ah! Franchigia a Floria Tosca... O dolci mani'
Leontyne Price
Pace, Pace Mio Dio - The Force of Destiny
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Pace, Pace Mio Dio - The Force of Destiny
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Il re pastore: L'amerò, sarò costante
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Il re pastore: L'amerò, sarò costante
Leontyne Price
Bess You is My Woman Now - Porgy and Bess
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Bess You is My Woman Now - Porgy and Bess
Leontyne Price
La Vergine degli Angeli - La Forza del Destino
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La Vergine degli Angeli - La Forza del Destino
Giacomo Puccini
Vissi D'arte (From Tosca)
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Vissi D'arte (From Tosca)
Samuel Barber
Give me my robe (Antony and Cleopatra)
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Give me my robe (Antony and Cleopatra)
Giuseppe Verdi
Il Trovatore: Act IV, Scene 1 (Leonora - Conte de Luna duet)
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Il Trovatore: Act IV, Scene 1 (Leonora - Conte de Luna duet)
Giuseppe Verdi
Ernani - Act 1: Ernani, involami
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Ernani - Act 1: Ernani, involami

Ernani - Act 1: Ernani, involami

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New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Georges Bizet
Carmen: Chanson Boheme
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Carmen: Chanson Boheme
Giuseppe Verdi
O Patria Mia from Aida
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O Patria Mia from Aida
Manuel de Falla
El Amor brujo
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El Amor brujo
Samuel Barber
"Give me my robe", from Antony and Cleopatra
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"Give me my robe", from Antony and Cleopatra
Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas - When I am Laid
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Dido and Aeneas - When I am Laid
Samuel Barber
Give me my Robe (Anthony and Cleopatra)
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Give me my Robe (Anthony and Cleopatra)
Leontyne Price
Ride On King Jesus
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Ride On King Jesus
Leontyne Price
Ave Maria
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Ave Maria
George Gershwin
Intro and Summertime
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Intro and Summertime
Giuseppe Verdi
Caro nome (Rigoletto)
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Caro nome (Rigoletto)
Leontyne Price
O patria mia, Aida
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O patria mia, Aida
Donald Voorhees
D'amor sull'ali rosee, Il Trovatore
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D'amor sull'ali rosee, Il Trovatore
Leontyne Price
The Daisies
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The Daisies
Samuel Barber
Knoxville: Summer of 1915
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Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Richard Strauss
Beim Schlafengehen (Four Last Songs)
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Beim Schlafengehen (Four Last Songs)
Henry Purcell
When I am Laid in Earth from Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas
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When I am Laid in Earth from Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas
Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Aida - Pur ti riveggo …La mia rival!
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Aida - Pur ti riveggo …La mia rival!
Georges Bizet
Carmen - Toreador's Song
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Carmen - Toreador's Song
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