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us: Price, Leontyne


  • [Individual was a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee, a Spingarn Medal awardee and a Grammy awardee.]
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  • Instance Of

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  • Fuller Name

    • Mary Violet Leontyne
  • Variants

    • us: Price, Mary Violet Leontyne
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        19270210
    • Gender

        female
    • Birth Place

        Laurel (Miss.)
    • Associated Locale

        United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Wilberforce University
    • Organization

        Wilberforce University
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Juilliard School of Music
    • Organization

        Juilliard School of Music
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: San Francisco Opera
    • Organization

        San Francisco Opera
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Wiener Staatsoper
    • Organization

        Wiener Staatsoper
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Teatro alla Scala
    • Organization

        Teatro alla Scala
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.)
    • Organization

        Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sources

    • found: Barber, S. Hermit songs [SR] 1955: label (Leontyne Price, soprano)
    • found: New Grove dict. of opera (Price, (Mary Violet) Leontyne; b. Feb. 10, 1927, Laurel, MS; American soprano)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed March 9, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Price, Leontyne; Mary Violet Leontine Price; opera singer; born 10 February 1927 in Laurel, Mississippi, United States; BA in voice from Wilberforce College, Ohio (1948); studied at Juilliard School of Music, New York City (1948-1952); casted in the revival of all-black American classic, Four Saints in Three Acts, staged in New York and Paris (1952); became the first black prima donna to appear in a major production of opera on television, Puccini's Tosca on NBC (1955); performed at San Francisco Opera (1957), Vienna State Opera (1958), La Scala (1960), and Metropolitan Opera (1961-1985); awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964), NAACP's Spingarn Medal (1965), and at least eighteen Grammy Awards; made history performing in the first nationally televised concert series from the White House (1978))
  • General Notes

    • [Individual was a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee, a Spingarn Medal awardee and a Grammy awardee.]
  • Change Notes

    • 1982-01-11: new
    • 2015-05-22: revised
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