Met Opera to hold celebration of Jessye Norman on Nov. 24
NEW YORK, NY The Metropolitan Opera will hold a tribute to Jessye Norman on Nov. 24 that celebrates the life and career of the late soprano. Latonia Moore, Eric Owens, Lise Davidsen, J'Nai Bridges and Leah Hawkins are scheduled to perform, the company said Wednesday, along with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, pianist Mark Markham, composer/pianist Damien Sneed, the Met chorus and the Met's "Porgy and Bess" chorus. Speakers will include Anna Deavere Smith, Gloria Steinem and former French Culture Minister Jack Lang. Norman died Sept. 30 at age 74. She was hailed at the Met for her Wagnerian performances as Elisabeth in "Tannhaeuser," Sieglinde in "Die Walkuere" and Kundry in "Parsifal," and for the title role in Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos."
Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral
Jessye Norman's illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. Georgetown University sociologist and author Michael Eric Dyson proudly said: "(Jessye) was black girl magic before the term ever existed. Before there was Oprah and before there was Beyonc and before there was Michelle Obama, there was Jessye Norman." Calvary Baptist Church and Augusta named a street for her Friday just outside the Jessye Norman School of the Arts.chicagotribune.com
Jessye Norman, international opera star, dead at 74
International opera star Jessye Norman died Monday at the age of 74, according to her agent. (CNN) - International opera star Jessye Norman died Monday at the age of 74, according to her agent. The New York Metropolitan Opera described Norman as "one of the great sopranos of the past half-century." "Norman sang more than 80 performances with the company, dazzling audiences with her beautiful tone, extraordinary power, and musical sensitivity," the Met said in a statement. Norman has won four Grammy awards as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy in 2006.