Marian ANDERSON (1897-1993)

As a child Marian Anderson sang in church choirs, and the age of ten she was called “the baby contralto”. Later, her church, The Union Baptist, set up a trust fund, and then she could extend her studies for training her voice.

She used to sing pieces of classical music and negro spirituals, in her concerts. In 1922, she made her debut in New York. During the 1930s, she toured widely in Europe. So, she made her debut in Paris in 1935.

In 1958 she was appointed a member of the US delegation to the United Nations. Her final concert was at Carnegie Hall, New York, in 1965.

Some of her negro spirituals are “Deep River”, “My Lord, What A Morning”, “Lord, I Can’t Stay Away”, “Crucifixion”.

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