Marian Anderson

African-American contralto and one

Lived from: 1897-1993

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    As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.
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    Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.
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    The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow.
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    When you stop having dreams and ideals - well, you might as well stop altogether.
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About Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Music critic Alan Blyth said: "Her voice was a rich, vibrant contralto of intrinsic beauty." Most of her singing career was spent performing in concert and recital in major music venues and with famous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965. Although offered roles with many important European opera companies, Anderson declined, as she had no training in acting. She preferred to perform in concert and recital only. She did, however, perform opera arias within her concerts and recitals. She made many recordings that reflected her broad performance repertoire of everything from concert literature to lieder to opera to traditional American songs and spirituals. Between 1940 and 1965 the German-American pianist Franz Rupp was her permanent accompanist.

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