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Luminaries of the classical music world gathered on the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera on Sunday, Nov. 24, to celebrate the life and legacy of soprano Jessye Norman, who died Sept. 30 at age 74. Read the full Sounds and Stories article →

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Jessye Norman was honored with a Met Opera memorial: “She fought for justice onstage, even with her very presence, breaking barriers with her blackness, and defying exclusion with her excellence"

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"A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” - Maya Angelou. We honor the life, voice, and legacy of Jessye Norman. You will be missed. #JessyeNorman 

Jessye Norman, the regal American soprano, has died at 74. The multiple Grammy Award winner brought a shimmering voice to a broad range of roles.

When asked about a politician’s suggestion that the poor of America lift themselves up by their bootstraps, soprano Jessye Norman (1945-2019) replied with regal righteousness, “Some people have no boots!”

An opera soprano whose voice was so ethereal, at times it was too perfect for this world, and perhaps any other in the Universe. Jessye Norman RIP (1945-2019)

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Jessye Norman, the opera star whose passionate soprano voice won her four Grammy Awards, is dead at 74, a family spokesperson says.

We live in an age where we need art more than ever, to uplift our world with the beauty of the human spirit. Few could summon the angels like the soprano Jessye Norman. A uniquely American voice that broke barriers and moved hearts. We will miss her dearly. May she Rest in Peace.

An American treasure, operatic soprano Jessye Norman has died at 74. Her voice, her presence and her spirit changed lives, civil rights and the people who came to be enthralled in her performance.

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My heart is so heavy over the passing of Jessye Norman. Her voice helped me through many a newspaper deadline. Her friendship years later was an unbelievable blessing. Brava, Jessye! Grazie, diva. RIP.

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If you don't know who Jessye Norman is watch this. The nation of France in 1989 had her sing La Marseillaise on the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. The symbolism of that moment cannot be overstated.

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