In honor of the Amazing Grace’s 80th birthday, a repeat performance from Unnatural Acts of Opera of her duo concert with Shirley Verrett at Carnegie Hall from January 31, 1982. Read more »
Live recordings of Hans Knappertsbusch conducting Parsifal seem to proliferate like stairways in M.C. Escher prints. The high priest of the podium so owned this music in the 1950s and early 1960s that at least a half dozen transfers are in circulation, augmenting his gold standard 1962 Philips release and the historic 1951 reading that inaugurated the post-war Bayreuth Festival.
All share common characteristics: a spacious approach to Wagner’s musical line, great depth of expression and an unforced wash of sound that tenor Jess Thomas likened to a cloud cushioning the voices on stage. Read more »
“As one of opera’s most controversial artists, Grace-Melzia Bumbry continues to make headlines. With a 50-plus year career she is phenomenally preserved. Critics and audiences around the world continue to cheer this celebrated artist, who continues to garner remarkable coverage and incredible ovations with reviews like: ‘national treasure, spectacular, spiritual and magnificent’, to name a few!” [Official Homepage | Grace-Melzia Bumbry]
A tribute to Kennedy Center honoree Grace Bumbry from fellow laureate Aretha Franklin.
Thrill to double-barreled diva excitement as that most regal of Kennedy Center honorees Grace Bumbry converses with always awesome Anne Midgette! [Washington Post]
“I had a reputation that I was not easy to work with… But that was because they knew I was very professional, very correct and always, always successful.” Only one diva could say that and not only get away with it, but make us adore her all the more. [St. Louis Beacon]
La Cieca continues her salute to Kennedy Honoree Grace Bumbry with this 1973 documentary.
Amazing Grace Bumbry has been named as a recipient of the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors. [Clef Notes]