(b Atlanta, 1925).
Amer. coloratura soprano. Won Geneva Fest. first prize 1951 and appeared in concerts in Scandinavia, Fr., etc. Opera début as Stravinsky's Nightingale, Holland Fest. 1952. First black singer to appear at La Scala 1953. Outstanding Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Glyndebourne 1953. CG début 1954. Member of NY Met co. from 1956. In the 1970s was visiting prof. at several Amer. univs.