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Shirley Verrett (May 31, 1931– November 5, 2010) was an African-American operatic mezzo-soprano who successfully transitioned into soprano roles i.e. soprano sfogato. Verrett enjoyed great fame from the late 1960s through the 1990s, particularly well-known for singing the works of Verdi and Donizetti.

Shirley Verrett (May 1931 – November was an African-American operatic mezzo-soprano who successfully transitioned into soprano roles i.

Aureliano Pertile as Manrico

Aureliano Pertile as Manrico

Leonard Warren, American baritone with a huge, velvety, rich voice sang almost exclusively at the Met between 1939 and his death on that stage in 1960. Since Warren, Verdi baritones have to have BIG voices!! THE Rigoletto of all time!

Leonard Warren, American baritone with a huge, velvety, rich voice sang almost exclusively at the Met between 1939 and his death on that stage in Since Warren, Verdi baritones have to have BIG voices! THE Rigoletto of all time!

The great American baritone Sherrill Milnes was born in Downers Grove, Illinois, on January 10 1935.

The great American baritone Sherrill Milnes was born in Downers Grove, Illinois, on January 10

Fritz Wunderlich and Hermann Prey as Tamino and Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.

Fritz Wunderlich and Hermann Prey as Tamino and Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.

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Giacomo Puccini(1858 – 1924), Italian composer, he has been called "the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi"

Giacomo Puccini December 29 November My favorite piece of his is "Nessun Dorma," an aria from the final act of his opera "Turandot," and is one of the best-known tenor arias in all opera. --From Wikipedia.

Juan Diego Florez Una furtiva lagrima - YouTube

Juan Diego Florez Una furtiva lagrima - YouTube

Leotyne Price received the D.Mus. from Howard University in 1962.

Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the and and was one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera.

Opera Singer Lily Pons, 1931 by Cecil Beaton (trying to find her rendition of "The Bells")

Opera Singer Lily Pons, 1931 by Cecil Beaton (trying to find her rendition of "The Bells")

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