Jessye Norman is an African-American soprano opera singer. Norman is one of the most admired contemporary opera singers and recitalists, and one of the highest paid performers in classical music. A true dramatic soprano with a majestic stage presence, Norman is associated in particular with her lead roles in “Aïda”, “Cassandre”, “Alceste”, and “Fidelio”.
Norman made her professional concert debut at Lincoln Center in 1973. She is frequently called on to perform at public events and ceremonies, including the 1985 and 1997 U.S. presidential inaugurations, the sixtieth birthday celebration of Queen Elizabeth II, and the observation of the bicentennial of the French Revolution in Paris’s Place de la Concorde. Norman received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.