Grace Bumbry

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Birthday
4, 1937
Birthplace
St. Louis, MO
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
4, 1937 (age 81)
Birthplace
St. Louis, MO

About

Mezzo-soprano opera singer whose career has spanned fifty years and includes singing in Don Carlo and Ernani. She was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009.

Before Fame

She won a contest that granted her a scholarship to Boston University. She was Venus at Bayreuth, casted by Wieland Wagner.

Trivia

She helped pave the way for African-American opera singers.

Family Life

She was born into a family of modest means; her father worked as a railroad porter and her mother was a housewife.

Associated With

She and Aretha Franklin both are considered leaders in their musical genres, setting a precedent for African-American women in the industry.