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Josep Carreras (1946) was born in Barcelona. Young Carreras showed interest in music after hearing Mario Lanza in a movie at the age of 6. He gave his first public performance on the Spanish National Radio at the age of 8. At that time, he began his piano and solfeggio studies. At 17, he started taking voice lessons in the Conservatorio Superior de Musica del Liceo in Barcelona. He made his debut at the age of 18, as Flavio in Norma by Bellini where his stage partner was Montserrat Caballé.
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Margaret Tynes was a famous opera singer, who starred opposite Harry Belafonte and sang for Duke Ellington. Carl Van Vechten took this picture of her on September 29, 1959. (Via the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)
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Marian Anderson 1897 - 1993 SINGER In 1939, the DAR refused to let Anderson sing in DC's Constitution Hall because she was black. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR, and her husband's administration arranged an outdoor concert at the Lincoln Memorial for a crowd of 75,000 and millions of radio listeners. Anderson was the first African American to sing with the Metropolitan Opera, and in 1958 became a delegate to the United Nations.