This Day in Black History: Jan. 27, 1961

Leontyne Price makes debut at the Metropolitan Opera.

Posted: 01/27/2012 07:00 AM EST

Famed soprano Leontyne Price makes her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, performing the role of Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Price would become the first African-American to open a concert season there.

 

Also, on this day in 1961, world-renowned gospel singer and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson died at age 60. Jackson was hailed as the “Queen of Gospel” and recorded some 40 albums throughout her career.

 

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