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Leontyne Price
(American Musician)


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Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American opera singer . She was best known for her Verdi roles, above all the title role of Aida. An African American born in the segregated South, she rose to international fame in the 1950s and 60s, and became the first black "superstar" at the once-segregated Metropolitan Opera. For almost 40 years, she was one of America's most beloved and widely recorded sopranos.

Price was a leading interpreter of the lirico spinto roles of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, as well as of roles in several operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Her voice ranged from A flat below Middle C to the E above High C. The voice is noted for its brilliant upper register, the smoky huskiness in the middle and lower registers, its smooth "legato" phrasing, and wide dynamic range. She herself called her singing "soul in opera."

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