Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral
Jessye Norman's illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. Georgetown University sociologist and author Michael Eric Dyson proudly said: "(Jessye) was black girl magic before the term ever existed. Before there was Oprah and before there was Beyonc and before there was Michelle Obama, there was Jessye Norman." Calvary Baptist Church and Augusta named a street for her Friday just outside the Jessye Norman School of the Arts.chicagotribune.com
Jessye Norman, international opera star, dead at 74
International opera star Jessye Norman died Monday at the age of 74, according to her agent. (CNN) - International opera star Jessye Norman died Monday at the age of 74, according to her agent. The New York Metropolitan Opera described Norman as "one of the great sopranos of the past half-century." "Norman sang more than 80 performances with the company, dazzling audiences with her beautiful tone, extraordinary power, and musical sensitivity," the Met said in a statement. Norman has won four Grammy awards as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy in 2006.