ANDERSON Black History MAXIMUM CARD + #6635


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African-American contralto MARIAN ANDERSON (1897-1993) is one of the most famous opera, lieder, and spiritual singers of the 20th Century. She truly made history on 7 January 1955, when she made her Metropolitan Opera House, New York, debut as the fortune-teller Ulrica in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Mashera” – the first time ever an African-American singer performed at the Met. Her career was focused on concerts and recitals, and although she had offers to take operatic roles, she declined because she felt she did not have acting training. Nevertheless her concert repertory included opera arias. She was acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic and made many recordings. As recently as 2011, The Metropolitan Opera and Sony Music released the recording of the 1955 “Un Ballo in Maschera” for everyone to appreciate the great talent of Anderson. Anderson commented later about her Met debut, “The curtain rose on the second scene and I was there on stage, mixing the witch’s brew. I trembled, and when the audience applauded and applauded before I could sing a note, I felt myself tightening into a knot.” Anderson worked for several years as a United Nations delegate for the Human Rights Committee and as a “goodwill ambassadress” for the United States Department of State, giving concerts all over the world. Her Met debut opened the doors of the Met and other major opera houses worldwide to many African-American opera singers who later became true divas, such as the great Leontyne Price, Grace Bumbry, Shirley Verrett, Martina Arroyo, Katleen Battle, and Jessye Norman, to name a few. She also inspired many artists and writers and now many African-American male opera singers are making it to the top, also thanks to the legacy of Marian Anderson. In 2006 the United States Postal Service honoured Anderson with a commemorative stamp for the “Black Heritage” series. We were able to secure a couple Maximum Cards for the special occasion and we are proud to present here the card with Anderson’s in her Met debut (Act 1, Scene 2) as Ulrica summons her magical powers singing “Re dell’abisso, affrettati” [ “King of the abyss make haste”].


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