Jessye Norman Wiki
Jessye Norman was native of Augusta, Georgia, Norman was one of the rare black singers to reach fame in the opera world. She established herself in Europe in the 1970s and made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1983. Norman died in a New York hospital of septic shock and multiple organ failure related to complications from a spinal cord injury in 2015, her family said.
Jessye Norman Died Breaking News
Jessye Norman, the international opera singing superstar, died on September 30, 2019, in Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York, New York, her family said. She was 74.
Jessye Norman Early Life, Family
Born on 15 September 1945, Norman grew up in a family of amateur artists and sang in church from the age of four. She earned a scholarship to study music at the historically black college Howard University in Washington DC before going on to the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Michigan.
Jessye Norman Education
Norman earned a scholarship to study music at Howard University, the prestigious, historically black college located in Washington, D.C., and after graduating in 1967, continued her studies at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, and University of Michigan, where she earned a master’s degree in music theory and vocal technique, refining her ability to sing in Italian, French, and German. Later in life, she earned honorary doctorates from numerous elite schools including Julliard, Harvard, and Yale.
Jessye Norman Start Of career
Jessye Norman After winning the Bavarian Radio Corp. International Music Competition in 1968, Norman made her operatic debut as Elisabeth in Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser in 1969 in Berlin. The beauty, range, and flexibility of Norman’s vibrant soprano voice assured her further operatic engagements, the most notable being the title role in Aïda in productions in Berlin and at La Scala in Milan and the role of Cassandra in Hector Berlioz’s Les Troyens (The Trojans; Covent Garden, 1972). In 1989 she appeared at the Metropolitan Opera for a historic performance of that company’s first single-character production, Erwartung by Arnold Schoenberg.
Jessye Norman Opera Career And Award
She made her opera debut in Berlin in 1969, and performed across the continent, wowing audiences with a voice described as both sumptuous and shimmering. Norman sang at the presidential inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, and at the 60th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth in 1986. Her many awards included a prestigious Kennedy Center Honor, which she earned in 1997 at the age of 52; a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006; a National Medal of Arts in 2009 and France’s Legion d’Honneur. “We are so proud of Jessye’s musical achievements and the inspiration that she provided to audiences around the world that will continue to be a source of joy,” her family said in a statement.
“We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavors addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education.”
Jessye Norman The National Medal
Ms. Norman, who also found acclaim as a recitalist and on the concert stage, was one of the most decorated of American singers. She won five Grammy Awards, four for her recordings and one for lifetime achievement. She received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor in 1997 and the National Medal of Arts in 2009.
Jessye Norman Award from Barack Obama
She received her National Medal of Arts from former President Barack Obama and has earned honorary doctorates from a number of prestigious schools, including Juilliard, Harvard, and Yale.
The Jessye Norman School of the Arts
In 2003, the Rachel Longstreet Foundation and Norman partnered to open the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, a tuition-free performing arts after-school program for economically disadvantaged students in Augusta, Georgia. Norman was actively involved in the program, including fundraisers for its benefit.
On May 6, 2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published Norman’s memoir, Stand Up Straight and Sing!
Jessye Norman Cause of Death
A statement released to The Associated Press on Monday said Norman died at 7:54 am Eastern time from septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015.
In 1997, at age 52, Norman became the youngest person ever to earn the Kennedy Center Honor in the organization’s 20-year history at the time.