This soprano began her training in music at 5 and was a standout in opera, a
genre blacks rarely specialize in. She toured internationally, playing the
lead in "Tosca," "Aida" and other challenging roles.
In January 1961, Price became the first black woman to ... morelead a performance at
the once-segregated Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Her performance
triggered an ovation of 42 minutes.
The winner of more than a dozen Grammys, Price has also received the
Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Kennedy Center Honors. (Everett