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    GRACE BUMBRY AS "SALOMÉ" OF RICHARD STRAUSS OPERA

Mezzo-soprano GRACE BUMBRY caused a sensation in 1970 when she stripped to just "my jewels and perfume" during the dance of the seven veils, singing the lead in Richard Strauss’s opera "Salomé" at Covent Garden, London.

GRACE BUMBRY (USA 1937) is considered one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation, as well as a major soprano for many years. She was a member of a pioneering generation of African-American opera and classical singers who followed MARIAN ANDERSON (USA 1897-1993) in the world of classical music and paved the way for future African-American opera and concert singers.

Image: Marian Anderson by photograper Richard Avedon, 1955