The Juilliard School graduate, known for the dramatic intensity of her performances, enjoyed a career spanning four decades at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. As part of a pioneering generation of black opera singers, Verrett overcame racial prejudice in the predominantly white, Eurocentric opera world. She performed title roles in Puccini’s Tosca(opposite Luciano Pavarotti), Bellini’s Normaand Verdi’s Aida.
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