(b Bradford, Penn., 1934).
Amer. mezzo‐soprano. Dubbed singing v. (for Dorothy Dandridge) in film of Carmen Jones, 1954. Opera début as Hata in The Bartered Bride, Los Angeles 1954. Member of Gelsenkirchen opera co. 1956–60. Débuts: Salzburg Fest. 1957; S. Francisco 1960; NY 1961; CG 1965; La Scala 1969; NY Met 1970. Appeared in series of 19th cent. bel canto operas in partnership with Joan Sutherland, beginning in NY in Beatrice di Tenda (1961) and incl. Semiramide and Les Huguenots. Last Rossini role CG 1993 (Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri). Repertory from Handel to Wagner.