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.