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Jessye Norman  

Grammy Award-Winning Contemporary Opera Singer & Successful Performer of Classical Music

In the 1980s, Jessye Norman’s roles in "Aïda" and "Les Troyen" made her one of the most popular and highest paid soprano opera singers worldwide. Born on September 15, 1945, in Augusta, Georgia, Norman debuted as an opera singer in Tannhaeuser. Her performance resulted in numerous job offers. She went on to tour through the 1970s. In 1990, Javier Perez de Cuellar named her honorary ambassador to the United Nations.

One of the most celebrated artists of our century, she is also among the most distinguished in a long line of American sopranos who refused to believe in limits, a shining member of an artistic pantheon that has included Rosa Ponselle, Maria Callas, Leontyne Price and now this daughter of Augusta, Georgia. "Pigeonholing," said Norman, "is only interesting to pigeons." Norman’s dreams are limitless, and she has turned many of them into realities in a dazzling career that has been one of the most satisfying musical spectacles of our time. She has been equally at home in American spirituals, French chansons or German Lieder.

Norman currently has a book out, "Stand Up Straight and Sing".


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