Jessye Norman

Soprano. Born 15 September 1945. Died 30 September 2019
Jessye Norman
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1945-09-15
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Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman Biography (Wikipedia)

Jessye Norman (September 15, 1945 – September 30, 2019) was an American opera singer and recitalist. She was able to perform dramatic soprano roles, but refused to be limited to that voice type. She was a commanding presence on operatic, concert and recital stages, associated with roles including Beethoven's Leonore, Wagner's Sieglinde and Kundry, Cassandre and Didon by Berlioz and Bartók's Judith. The New York Times music critic Edward Rothstein described her voice as a "grand mansion of sound", and wrote that "it has enormous dimensions, reaching backward and upward. It opens onto unexpected vistas. It contains sunlit rooms, narrow passageways, cavernous halls."

Norman was trained at Howard University, the Peabody Institute, and the University of Michigan. Her career began in Europe, where she won the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1968, which led to a contract with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Her operatic début came as Elisabeth in Wagner's Tannhäuser, after which she sang as Verdi's Aida at La Scala in Milan. She made her first operatic appearance in the U.S. in 1982 with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, when cast as Jocasta in Stravinsky's Oedipus rex, and as Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. She went on to sing leading roles with many other companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Paris Opera, and the Royal Opera, London. She sang at the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan, at Queen Elizabeth II's 60th birthday celebration in 1986, and performed the La Marseillaise to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution on July 14, 1989. She sang at the 1996 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Atlanta and for the second inauguration of Bill Clinton in 1997.

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Past BBC Events

Proms 2000: Prom 29
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Royal Albert Hall
2000-08-06T19:06:55
6
Aug
2000

Proms 2000: Prom 29

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Proms 1988: Prom 66
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e3n8gw
Royal Albert Hall
1988-09-14T19:06:55
14
Sep
1988

Proms 1988: Prom 66

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Proms 1987: Prom 21
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e9jd4f
Royal Albert Hall
1987-08-03T19:06:55
3
Aug
1987

Proms 1987: Prom 21

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Proms 1986: Prom 59
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/efjd4f
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1986-09-12T19:06:55
12
Sep
1986

Proms 1986: Prom 59

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Proms 1985: Prom 49
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e9fn3d
Royal Albert Hall
1985-09-03T19:06:55
3
Sep
1985

Proms 1985: Prom 49

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