Grace Out Loud

6 Jan

Grace Bumbry (b. 1937) is an American opera singer, one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation. I was only recently made aware of how incredible she is, when she was a 2009 Kennedy Center honoree alongside Bruce Springstein, Mel Brooks, Robert Deniro & Dave Brubeck. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Bumbry gained international renown when she was cast as Venus at Bayreuth in 1961, at age 24, the first black singer to appear there. Conservative opera-goers were outraged at the idea, but Bumbry’s performance was so moving that by the end of the opera she had won the audience over and they applauded for 30 minutes, necessitating 42 curtain calls. <source>

Some of my favorite photos & video to follow:

Bumbry as Carmen, eat your heart out Beyonce:

And as Aida:


One Response to “Grace Out Loud”

  1. jb January 6, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    so cool!

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