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A Look in The Mirror - Marian Anderson (1897 - 1993) Opera Singer

Updated: Feb 6, 2023


The contralto was born in Philadelphia and gained fame as a concert singer. In 1935 she became a top performer after singing at town hall in New York City. In 1955, Anderson became the first African American soloist to sing with the Metropolitan Opera of New York City.


She toured the US and Europe extensively throughout her life. She was a vocal phenom until she retired in 1965. During her standout career, she was extensively honored and decorated with countless metals, plaques, trophies, and the like. In fact, she was awarded 24 honorary doctoral degrees, by Howard University, Temple University and Smith College, to name just a few.

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