Jessye Norman

Yesterday was Jessye Norman’s birthday.

The great American opera diva is now 73 years old.

I’ve never witnessed her in live performance, but I have numerous recordings.  Along with Beverly Sills, she remains at the top of my list of great American sopranos.  

Her discography numbers more than 150 recordings. I own probably 30 of them.

For years now, I have passed along to students her admonition to learn piano so that you can always accompany yourself, and not need a musical babysitter.

Miss Norman’s recording of the Strauss Four Last Songs continues to be my all-time favorite.   Here’s “Beim Schlafengehen.” Listen and weep.

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