Shirley Verrett


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(b New Orleans, 1931; d Ann Arbor, Mich., 2010).

Amer. mezzo‐soprano, capable of singing soprano roles (e.g. Norma and Lady Macbeth). Début Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1957 (Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia), then NY City Opera 1958 under name Shirley Carter. Recital début NY 1958. Eur. début (Cologne) 1959; CG début 1966; NY Met début 1968. Sang Carmen throughout the world. Recital repertory incl. Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, and Rorem.

Subjects: Opera.

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