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The recording, reviewed as a jazz crossover project, featured Legrand on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Grady Tate on drums.

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In she sang a concert performance of Poulenc 's one-act opera La voix humaine "The Human Voice"based on Jean Cocteau 's play of the same name. John United Methodist Church in the fall of Inshe became a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma.

I had sung with the University of Michigan Orchestra.

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InNorman sang at the funeral of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In AprilNorman was honored as the twelfth receipt of the Glenn Gould Prize for her contribution to opera and the arts. Walker Elementary School, A. This ability was partly due to her uncommon height and size, but more so as a result of her unique, rich, and powerful voice.

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Norman's range was remarkably wide, encompassing all female voice registers from contralto to high dramatic soprano. In the end, she did accept and sang the folk song " Simple Gifts ".

Norman was exceptional at portraying a commanding and noble bearing. In Septembershe was again the featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestrathis time under Kurt Masur 's direction, in a gala concert telecast live to the nation by PBS marking the opening of the orchestra's rd season.

Norman's mother insisted that she start piano lessons at an early age. The following season also brought performances of the sacred music of Duke Ellington to London and Viennatogether with a summer European tour, which included performances at the Salzburg Festival.

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Norman no longer performs ensemble opera, concentrating instead on recitals and concerts. After your successful debut in Berlin, how did you come to realize you were being offered roles you were not ready for? You left there and moved to Germany and the rest is history. Life and career[ edit ] Early life and musical education[ edit ] Norman was born in Augusta, Georgiato Silas Norman, an insurance salesman, and Janie King-Norman, a school teacher.

With James Levine as her pianist, the concerts were a significant arts event, replete with an page program booklet featuring a newly commissioned watercolor portrait of Norman by David Hockney.

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Critics at the time described Norman as having "the greatest voice since the German soprano Lotte Lehmann. Classes commenced at St.

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In she won the National Society of Arts and Letters singing competition. What did it feel like that first time, singing with a full orchestra on the stage of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin?

Norman appeared as Aida again in a concert version that same year in her first well-publicized American performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Berlin, December ofjust a little bit before Christmas, the Berlin opera house, an African American singing a quintessential German character in a Wagnerian opera in a German opera house.

Only after Norman had established herself in Europe's leading opera houses and festivals—including the Edinburgh FestivalSalzburg FestivalAix-en-Provence Festivaland the Stuttgart Opera —did she set out to establish herself in the United States.

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In Novembera documentary of Norman's life and work was created. That same year, she was the featured soloist with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in its opening concert of its th season, which was telecast live to the nation by PBS.