Barbara Smith Conrad


Age: 79

mezzo-soprano opera singer who was ordered dropped from a leading role in a student-produced opera at the University of Texas in 1957 because she was black and later enjoyed a long operatic career appearing at major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York and performing in concert with leading symphony orchestras.

Cause of Death: Alzheimer's disease

Born: August 11, 1937

Died: May 22, 2017

Edison, New Jersey