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February 08, 2009

Black History Month Day 8: Leotyne Price

When noted opera singers in the world are discussed, the name Leontyne Price is sure to come up. For years, she sang in the great opera houses of the world but got her start as a child singing in her church choir. She first came to public notice in 1957, with the San Francisco Opera. She became one of the most popular sopranos in the country, and in appearances around the world. In 1961, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she went on to become one of the company’s leading sopranos. Among her many honors are 15 Grammy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In the U.S. today, there are 110 opera companies, and their performances are seen by more than 5 million people a year. This special edition of Profile America for Black History Month is a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

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