R.I.P. Jessye Norman

by Kiki

Jessye Norman sunrise 9/15/1945 Augusta, Georgia, sunset 9/30/2019, New York.

She was a soprano opera singer inspired by Leontyne Price and Martian Anderson.

She received a full scholarship at Howard University.

She sang at the second inauguration of Reagan in 1985 in spite of the fact that she was a Democrat and a nuclear disarmament activist.

In 1986 she sang at Queen Elizabeth’s 60th birthday celebration.

In 1997 at age 52 she was the youngest person to earn a Kennedy Center Honoree.

In 2014 her memoir was published: “Stand Still and Sing”.


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