Jessye Norman In-depth Biography
One of the most renowned dramatic soprano singers in the world during the 1980s and '90s, Jessye Norman} debuted in the Berlin version of Wagner}'s Tannhaüser} in 1969 and appeared prolifically during the '70s, moving gradually toward recording and video releases during the '80s.
Born September 15, 1945, in Augusta, GA, Norman} studied voice at Howard University on a scholarship and graduated in 1967. Further studies at the University of Michigan followed, after which she made her operatic} debut as Elisabeth in Wagner}'s Tannhaüser}, in a 1969 Berlin production. She assumed main roles at La Scala} and Covent Garden} during the '70s, and toured music festivals as well, giving recitals both solo and with the major orchestras of the world. Norman} has recorded a variety of material for Philips}, including albums devoted to Christmas songs}, gospel music}, and operatic} repertoire. Several of her performances are also available on video. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide