- NAME: Leontyne Price
- OCCUPATION: Singer
- BIRTH DATE: February 10, 1927 (Age: 87)
- Did You Know?: Leontyne Price is widely regarded as the first African-American singer to gain international reputation in opera.
- Did You Know?: Leontyne Price briefly came out of retirement to sing at a Carnegie Hall concert for the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in October 2001.
- EDUCATION: College of Education and Industrial Arts, The Juilliard School, Oak Park Vocational High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Laurel, Mississippi
- Full Name: Mary Violet Leontyne Price
- AKA: Leontyne Price
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius
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Leontyne Price is widely regarded as the first African American to gain international acclaim as a professional opera singer.
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She flourished as a prima donna at the Met, starring in such roles such as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West and, perhaps most notably, as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra.
Price's fame led her to be widely regarded as the first African-American singer to gain international reputation in opera, and allowed her to be selective with her roles throughout the 1970s. She chose to perform in opera productions less frequently,
focusing mainly on recitals.
Price delivered her farewell performance in the titular role of Aida at the Met in 1985, which was telecast and hailed as one of the most successful operatic performances in the Met's history. Throughout her career, Price's recordings have earned her numerous honors, including more than a dozen Grammy Awards. She rose to stardom as a woman of color in a time and profession where the odds were not in her favor.
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