operatic legends

“I still use a CD Player and I’m not embarrassed -at all- to take my CD Player out of my bag on the plane … I take my CDs with me and I listen to them whenever I can. I don’t have an iPod and I try to explain to the younger people in my family to please not to listen to my voice on an iPod. There isn’t enough bandwidth on an iPod to give me what I need, you know? So, listen to me in the room … turned up all the way.” - Soprano Jessye Norman to Tavis Smiley
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Icons of Opera - This portrait of soprano Leontyne Price was painted by New York painter Bradley Phillips.
Oil on canvas, 1963
Currently in the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution;

One of many portraits that Bradley Phillips painted of Miss Price - he once indicated that his fascination with her stemmed partly from his awe at how she had negotiated the country’s racial politics to reach the top of her profession. But he was mainly riveted by the sheer magnitude of her talent. Seeing her appear onstage, Phillips said, “it was as if … she had switched the lights on.”

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Ghosts of Versailles – Marie Antoinette’s Mad Scene. #nowplaying…

This show is beyond amazing … whenever I’m at a loss as to what to watch on YouTube, I go back to this gem.