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Marian Anderson. ( 1897-1993 ). Marian Anderson. First African American Opera Singer. Beginning. Born on February 27, 1897 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania She was the oldest of three children, all girls Father, John, sold ice and coal and her mother, Anna was a former teacher. 1910. Start.

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marian anderson

Marian Anderson

(1897-1993)

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Marian Anderson

First African American Opera Singer

beginning
Beginning
  • Born on February 27, 1897
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • She was the oldest of three children, all girls
  • Father, John, sold ice and coal and her mother, Anna was a former teacher. 1910
start
Start
  • She began to sing at the age of six in the family’s church choir.
  • 17 started taking voice lessons from Mary Patterson.
  • 1916-1918 studied under Agnes Reifsnyder.
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Start
  • 1920- first professional teacher, Giuseppe Boghetti
  • 1925- first break, won contest to sing solo with New York Philharmonic (out of 300)
  • late 1930- sang for the Roosevelts at the White House.
europe
Europe
  • 1928- goes to London to further her education and touring schedule
  • Early 1930-establishes her reputation
  • Jean Sibelius dedicated his Solitude to her
lincoln memorial
Lincoln Memorial
  • DAR refuses to let her sing at Constitution Hall
  • First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigns
  • Sets up concert on steps of Lincoln Memorial (75,000)
  • Four years later DAR ask her to sing for them
trail blazer
Trail Blazer
  • 1955 She was the first African American to be asked to join the Metropolitan Opera
  • She was 58 years old.
  • She played Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera
awards
Awards
  • 1939- Springarn Medal
  • 1941- Bok Award
  • 1963- President Johnson gave her the American Medal of Freedom
  • 1972- UN Peace Prize
  • 1977- Congress gives her a gold medal (75th birthday)
  • 1980- U.S. Treasury coined 1/2 oz. gold commemorative medal
  • 1986- President Reagan awards her the National Medal of art
  • 1991- Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
death
Death
  • Marian Anderson died, April 8, 1993
  • Of heart failure
  • At her nephew’s house in Portland Oregon
  • At the age of 96
source list
Source List
  • http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/rbm/photos/anderson/index.html
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_Anderson
  • http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/ande-mar.htm
  • http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/rbm/anderson/index.html#toc
  • http://www.afrovoices.com/anderson.html
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_Anderson
  • www.tenstorylove.com/lyrics/marian_story.html
  • www.library.upenn.edu/collections/rbm/photos/anderson/2008.html