Marian Anderson, Prima Donna Assoluta

Photos, covers, and posters from the life and career of contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993), who was described by conductor Arturo Toscanini as "a voice one hears once in a hundred years." Singer and activist, Anderson left a legacy for singers, especially African Americans, to aspire.
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Marian Anderson. Date and photographer unknown

Marian Anderson. Date and photographer unknown

Marian Anderson. Date and photographer unknown

Marian Anderson. Date and photographer unknown

Marian Anderson sings "Divinites du Styx" from Alceste, 1956

Marian Anderson sings "Divinites du Styx" from Alceste, 1956

Marian Anderson and Roberta Peters received honorary degrees from Ithaca College, 1968

Marian Anderson and Roberta Peters received honorary degrees from Ithaca College, 1968

Marian Anderson. Date and photographer unknown

Marian Anderson. Date and photographer unknown

Marian Anderson and her accompanist Kosti Vehanen (1887-1957), faculty member at Sibelius Institute, Helsinki, Finland, and a colleague of composer Jean Sibelius. Photo was taken aboard the "Ile de France" in 1935

Marian Anderson and her accompanist Kosti Vehanen (1887-1957), faculty member at Sibelius Institute, Helsinki, Finland, and a colleague of composer Jean Sibelius. Photo was taken aboard the "Ile de France" in 1935

Portrait of Marian Anderson by Yousuf Karsh, Photograph, 1945

Portrait of Marian Anderson by Yousuf Karsh, Photograph, 1945

View of singer Josephine Baker greeting Marian Anderson at the Beaux Arts Ball, Hotel Roosevelt in New York, New York. Harold Jackman on far left. Stamped on back: "Photo by Cecil Layne." Handwritten on back: "Josephine Baker, Marian Anderson, Harold Jackman, extreme left, Beaux Arts Ball, Hotel Roosevelt, New York City, Feb. 12, 1960."

View of singer Josephine Baker greeting Marian Anderson at the Beaux Arts Ball, Hotel Roosevelt in New York, New York. Harold Jackman on far left. Stamped on back: "Photo by Cecil Layne." Handwritten on back: "Josephine Baker, Marian Anderson, Harold Jackman, extreme left, Beaux Arts Ball, Hotel Roosevelt, New York City, Feb. 12, 1960."

Marian Anderson, date and photographer unknown

Marian Anderson, date and photographer unknown

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