Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy Birthday to: Leontyne Price

On this day in 1927, Mary Violet Leontyne Price was born in Laurel, Mississippi. Happy 85th birthday to one of opera's greatest living legends.

To celebrate, here are some of my favorite pictures of Ms. Price - followed by a clip that is sure to produce goosebumps.

Happy Birthday, Miss Price.

Vintage Miss Price.
One of Miss Price's early TV appearances.
At a recording session with Maestro von Karajan
On the set of "Taming of the Shrew" with Elizabeth Taylor
Oil on Canvas by Bradley Phillips - National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian
At home with the above portrait gracing her mantel.
One hell-uv-ah headshot.
As Aida in 1984, her final season at the Met.
Soprano Kathleen Battle with Miss Price at Oprah's Legends Lunch

And for your added enjoyment - here is Ms. Price's final Aida at The Met. She has just finished "O patria mia" - and the audience thunders. You must watch the entire clip, though - Ms. Price tries her hardest to stay in character but, becomes overwhelmed by the enormity of it all and finally acknowledges the audiences appreciation.

If you'd like to see a video tribute, check out this amazing one.

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