Gloria Davy 1931-2012. Ms. Davy is the first African-American to sing Aida at the Met Opera.

Gloria Davy as Aida. Just days after her Met Opera debut in the same role. Gloria Davy, the first African-American singer to perform Aida.

Evelyn Preer - One of the first African American silent screen actors to transition into sound Hollywood films. Her versatility as a dramatic actor led her to Hollywood where she became a contract player for Paramount Studios. Preer’s career on the silver screen would have perhaps broadened further had she not developed post-parturition complications and died of double pneumonia in November, 1932 at the age of 36. Via Black Past

Evelyn Preer - One of the first African American silent screen actors to transition into sound Hollywood films. Her versatility as a dramatic actor led her to Hollywood where she became a contract player for Paramount Studios.

Soprano Gloria Davy, photographed by Carl Van Vechten on February 22, 1958, in character as Aida. A few days earlier, on February 12, she was the first African American to sing the famous role at The Metropolitan Opera. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Soprano Gloria Davy, photographed by Carl Van Vechten on February in character as Aida. A few days earlier, on February she was the first African American to sing the famous role at The Metropolitan Opera. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Soprano Adele Addison, photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 8, 1955, around the time she played Mimi in La Boheme at City Center in New York. Ms. Addison, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, also dubbed Dorothy Dandridge's singing voice for the 1959 film, "Porgy and Bess." Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

vintageblackglamour: “ Soprano Adele Addison, photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April around the time she played Mimi in La Boheme at City Center in New York. Addison, a native of.

Gloria Davy, First African-American to Sing Aida at the Met.

And more sad news: Opera legend Gloria Davy passed away on November 28 in Geneva, Switzerland at the age of Born in Brooklyn in Ms. Davy graduated from the Juilliard School in 1953 and made.

Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge – American film and theatre actress, singer and dancer. She was the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones.

Jump to: navigation, search      Reri Grist (February 29, 1932) is an American coloratura soprano, one of the pioneer African-American singers to enjoy a major international career in opera.

Reri Grist (February is an American coloratura soprano, one of the pioneer African-American singers to enjoy a major international career in opera. A little known fact: Reri was in the original cast of "West Side Story" on Broadway.

Reri Grist is an American coloratura soprano, one of the pioneer African-American singers to enjoy a major international career in opera. WIKIP

Reri Grist is an American coloratura soprano, one of the pioneer African-American singers to enjoy a major international career in opera.

Martina Arroyo, opera singer

Martina Arroyo (born February is an American operatic soprano who had a major international opera career during the through the She was just honored by the Kennedy Center.

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