Grace Bumbry Opera Singer

Birthday January 4, 1937
Birthplace St. Louis, MO
Age 81 years old
Birth Sign Capricorn


Mezzo-soprano opera singer whose career has spanned fifty years and includes singing in Don Carlo and Ernani. She was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009.

Before Fame

She won a contest that granted her a scholarship to Boston University. She was Venus at Bayreuth, casted by Wieland Wagner.


She helped pave the way for African-American opera singers.

Family Life

She was born into a family of modest means; her father worked as a railroad porter and her mother was a housewife.

Associated With

She and Aretha Franklin both are considered leaders in their musical genres, setting a precedent for African-American women in the industry.


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