Norman, Jessye

Christmas wishes from the popular African-American dramatic soprano

Price: $20.00

Description:
(b. 1945) American Grammy Award-winning dramatic soprano, opera singer and recitalist. She made her opera début in 1969 as Elisabeth in "Tannhauser" at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She performed with German and Italian opera companies and portrayed a commanding and noble bearing partly due to her uncommon height and size, but more so as because of her unique, rich, and powerful voice. Norman's range encompassed all female voice registers from contralto to high dramatic soprano. In 1972, she debuted a La Scala as Aida and at the Royal Opera at Covent Garden as Cassandra in Berlioz's "Les Troyens." After establishing herself in Europe's leading opera houses and festivals, she set out to conquer the US. Norman toured Europe in the 1970s, giving recitals to great critical acclaim. In Oct. 1980 Norman returned to opera stages in the title role Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos" at the Hamburg State Opera. She made her US opera début in 1982 with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1983 in "Les Troyens" for the company's centennial season. She sang "Simple Gifts" at Ronald Reagan's 1985 2nd Inaugural. In 1987, she joined the Vienna Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan in one of the greatest renditions of the Liebestod from "Tristan und Isolde" at the Salzburg Festival, repeated weeks later in Berlin with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. Many of her recordings and performances in this time focused on opera art songs, lieder, oratorios, and orchestral works. On July 14, 1989, she sang " La Marseillaise" to celebrate the French Revolution bicentennial at the Place de la Concorde in Paris. In 1994 she sang at the funeral of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; in Jan. 1997 at President Clinton's 2nd Inaugural; on March 11, 2002, she sang "America the Beautiful" at a service unveiling 2 monumental columns of light at the site of the former World Trade Center in NYC, a memorial for the victims of the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks. She often collaborates with the world's best orchestras, chamber ensembles, and other classical artists in her recitals. She received Kennedy Center Honors (youngest recipient in its 20-year existence) in Dec. 1997, received a 2006 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Obama at The White House in Feb. 2010, and in 2013 received the NAACP Spingarn Award. Inscribed and signed lengthy handwritten note signed "Jessye" to friends on a 8 1/2 x 11 glossy white, red-printed card titled (at right side) "Christmas Vision" with printed sentiment: "pure air/clean rivers/fresh winds/fertile soil/living seas/for all/ earth's children." Norman writes: "Dear Scott and Frank/Thank you most kindly for the beautiful gift; how thoughtful of you. All the best for the holiday season, the new year and always." Undated but ca. 1974. From the collection of M. Scott Mampe, onetime head of the Classical Division (US) of Philips Records, coordinating activities with Philips' headquarters in the Netherlands and with an office in London.

Condition: Very good, very slight stain at top left above "pure air".
Type:ANS






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