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Flashback: Marian Anderson Steps into History

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On January 7, 1955 a glass ceiling shattered when Marian Anderson became the first African American singer to perform with the Metropolitan Opera. The famous American contralto sang “Ulrica,” the fortune teller in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera. Less than a year later, Ms. Anderson sang on the recording from the Met with Dmitri Mitropoulos conducting, along with Zinka Milanov, Roberta Peters, and Jan Peerce. That recording will be featured on the Tuesday Night Opera, in celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. The Tuesday Night Opera airs at 8:00 PM.

Did you know…

Marian Anderson became friends with Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Sibelius so admired her voice that he wrote and recomposed a number of songs just for her.

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