JESSYE NORMAN

JESSYE NORMAN

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    Jessye NORMAN sees the light of day for the first time in Augusta, Georgia (United States of America) the 15th of September 2012. She grows up in music-lover family and starts singing in a local choral.
    In 1967, she graduates from the Howard University in Washington, and wins the ARD award in Munich (Germany). It’s only when entering the Berlin Opera that Jessy Normans’ professional career takes off in Tannhäuser of Wagner. She starts off by adding up principal feminin roles at operas such as: AÏDA de Verdi, Alceste of Gluck and even Fidelio of Beethoven. She then decided to go back to the USA and stars at the Lincoln Center of New York.
    It’s only in 1983 that Jessye starts to gain recognition by playing the role of Cassandra in Les Troyens de Berlioz at the Metropolitan Opera of New York. She is then invited at Ronald Reagans’ Inauguration ceremony in 1985 and following this, she is guest of honor of President François Mitterrand at a party for the bicentenary of the French revolution in 1989 where she sings the Marseillaise on the place de la Concorde in front of millions of people.
    At this point Jessye has become a superstar in the opera universe, which is a rare situation. She continues her singing mostly in prestigious places and galas, extending her music to a more popular and jazzy melody.
    In March 2011 and 6 years after a memorable triumph, Jessye Norman meets again with the audience of the Carnegie hall of New York with James Levine at the piano. At this occasion, she has her portrait made by famous painter David Hockney. In March 2002, She sings “America the Beautiful” as a tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center. After a close collaboration with choreographer Bill T. Jones in 1999, the singer then decides to work with Trey McIntyre for the Colorado Dance Festival.
    In 2006, Jessye Norman receives her 5th trophy: the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award; thus rewarding the singer for her past work. After such honor, she then decides to stop opera singing to devote herself to recitals and concerts…
    Consequently, the amphitheater of her home town has been named after her.
    Loic Picaud (French Translation from Music-story)

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