Camilla Williams Opera singer
Camilla Ella Williams (October 18, 1919 – January 29, 2012) was an American operatic soprano who performed nationally and internationally. After studying with renowned teachers in New York City, she was the first African American to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company, the New York City Opera. She had earlier won honors in vocal competitions and the Marian Anderson Fellowship in 1943-1944. In 1954 she became the first African American to sing a major role with the Vienna State Opera. She later also performed as a soloist with numerous European orchestras. As a concert artist, she toured throughout the United States as well as Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In 1977, she was the first African American appointed as Professor of Voice at Indiana University, and she taught there until 1997. On October 18, 1919, Camilla Ella Williams was born in Danville, Virginia, to Fannie Carey Williams and Cornelius Booker Williams, who worked as a chauffeur. She was the youngest of four children (Mary, Helen, and Cornelius). My grandparents and parents were self-taught musicians; all of them sang, and there was always music in our home.
|Date of death|
|January 29th, 2012 at age of 92|
1. Virginia State University Colleges/University
Virginia State University is a historically black and land-grant university located north of the Appomattox River in Ettrick, Chesterfield County, in the Richmond area. Founded on March 6, 1882 (1882-03-06), Virginia State was the United States's first fully state-supported four-year institution of higher learning for black Americans. The university is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
2010. 22.6 mil. $
March 6th, 1882
2010. 58.0 %
2011. 7.09 K $
2010. 6.57 K $
2009. 6.17 K $
2008. 5.9 K $
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