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Open Features: Marian Anderson

Peter Wintersgill outlines the life of Marian Anderson, who sang at the inauguration of President Kennedy.

Born
17 February, 1902, in Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Adult life
She won a competition to appear with the New York Philharmonic in 1925. She went to Europe in 1930 and was much admired by Toscanini. Her New York debut followed in 1936.

She was the first black singer at New York Met to sing Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera in 1955.

Marian Anderson had a large, rich voice and high artistic integrity.

She sang at the inauguration of President Kennedy in 1962.

She died in 1993.

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