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Leontyne Price

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Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Soprano Leontyne Price trained at Juilliard and first scored a major success in 1952, appearing as Bess in a touring production of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. In 1955 she appeared in an NBC telecast of Tosca and was subsequently in high demand by opera houses in London, Vienna, and Milan. It was not until 1961 that she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera-as Leonora in Il Trovatore-and she quickly became a Met favorite until her farewell performance there in 1985. Especially associated with the work of Verdi and Samuel Barber, Price sang the title role in Cleopatra-which Barber created for her-at the opening of the Met's new home at Lincoln Center. Price was also a tireless performer on the recital circuit and won fifteen Grammys for her recordings. She received a Kennedy Center Honors award in 1980.
Provenance
The artist; his sister Sheldon Sayre, Cambridge, Mass.; gift 1991 NPG
Artist
Bradley Phillips, 1929 - 1 May 1991
Sitter
Leontyne Price, born 10 Feb 1927
Date
1963
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Ms. Sayre Sheldon
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 127.6 x 92.1 x 3.8cm (50 1/4 x 36 1/4 x 1 1/2")
Frame: 147.3 x 125.1 x 7.3cm (58 x 49 1/4 x 2 7/8")
Type
Painting
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Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 321 Mezzanine
Object number
NPG.91.96
Culture
Leontyne Price: American\African American
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace\Pearl
Costume\Jewelry\Ring
Nature & Environment\Plant\Tree
Interior\Interior with Exterior View
Costume\Jewelry\Ring\Wedding Band
Architecture\Column
Leontyne Price: Female
Leontyne Price: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Opera
Leontyne Price: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait