Summary: contralto opera singer considered as one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century known for her wide-ranging repertory of art songs, opera arias, and spirituals who was the first African-American singer to perform at New York City's Metropolitan Opera in 1955.
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure
Born: February 27, 1897
Died: April 8, 1993
Location: Portland, Oregon