Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to international acclaim in the and and was one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera.
Kirsten Målfrid Flagstad July 1895 – 7 December was a Norwegian opera singer and a highly regarded Wagnerian (dramatic) soprano. She ranks among the greatest singers of the century; indeed, many opera critics called hers “the voice of the century.
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
Rosa Ponselle, was an American operatic soprano with a large, opulent voice. She sang mainly at the New York Metropolitan Opera and is generally considered by music critics to have been one of the greatest sopranos of the past 100 years.