February 18, 2018

20,000 vinyl LPs 127: Leontyne Price ~ the ultimate Aida



Leontyne Price ~ Aida
vinyl LP 3 record set
photo by Styrous®     


A week ago was the birthday of Leontyne Price; she was born Mary Violet Leontyne Price and raised in Laurel, Mississippi on February 10, 1927.          

She took her first steps onto the grand operatic stage in San Francisco on September 20, 1957, singing Madame Lidoine in the U.S. premiere of the Francis Poulenc opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites. A few weeks later, Price sang her first Aida , stepping in for Italian soprano Antonietta Stella. It was performed at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California, in October, 1957; I saw that performance. It was my first live opera.       

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Styrous® ~ Sunday, February 18, 2018