Happy 94th birthday soprano Leontyne Price.
I am embarrassingly bad at vocal ID quizzes—I may never get over the one where I was convinced every single excerpt was Leontyne Price—but I do love to put them together.
Who could doubt that Leontyne Price contains multitudes?
“Are you kidding? I’m having it put in my casket.”
Today is the 90th anniversary of the birth of the great American diva.
“Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand / A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame / Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name / Mother of Exiles…”
Sony Classical has now released “Leontyne Price Prima Donna Assoluta” containing nearly her entire operatic oeuvre in a box set.
It took the better part of a decade—including two high-profile cancelations—or New York to finally hear Anna Netrebko in recital.
The evergreen American diva was born February 10, 1927.
Though the day is almost over, it should not go without marking that today is the 50th anniversary of the debuts at the Met of Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli, one of the red-letter nights of the Rudolf Bing regime.
She maintains her gloriosity even in a monosyllabic state!