- NAME: Grace Bumbry
- OCCUPATION: Singer
- BIRTH DATE: January 04, 1937 (Age: 76)
- EDUCATION: Sumner High School, Northwestern University, Boston University, Music Academy of the West
- PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Louis, Missouri
- AKA: Grace Melzia Bumbry
- AKA: Grace Bumbry
- Full Name: Grace Melzia Ann Bumbry
- ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn
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American mezzo-soprano and soprano Grace Bumbry is considered one of the leading opera singers of her generation.
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She returned to the White House in 2009 to receive the Kennedy Center Honors for achievement in the performing arts, receiving her award alongside fellow honorees Bruce Springsteen, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck and Robert De Niro.
Bumbry has received a Grammy Award (in 1972), among many other honors.
In recent years Bumbry has been active as a teacher and competition judge for young singers. In the 1990s she formed the Grace Bumbry Black Musical Heritage Ensemble, a touring ensemble of singers, dancers and musicians.
Bumbry was married to opera singer Erwin Andreas Jaeckel from 1963 through 1972; the marriage ended in divorce. She lives in Salzburg, Austria.
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