Quotes by Marian Anderson

About Marian Anderson:

Marian Anderson was an American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Music critic Alan Blyth said: "Her voice was a rich, vibrant contralto of intrinsic beauty." Most of her singing career was spent performing in concert and recital in major music venues and with famous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965. Although offered roles with many important European opera companies, Anderson declined, as she had no training in acting. She preferred to perform in concert and recital only. She did, however, perform opera arias within her concerts and recitals. She made many recordings that reflected her broad performance repertoire of everything from concert literature to lieder to opera to traditional American songs and spirituals. Between 1940 and 1965 the German-American pianist Franz Rupp was her permanent accompanist.

Author Bio

  • NameMarian Anderson
  • DescriptionAfrican-American contralto
  • BornFebruary 27, 1897
  • DiedApril 8, 1993
  • CountryUnited States Of America
  • ProfessionMusician; Opera Singer
  • AwardsSpingarn Medal; Presidential Medal Of Freedom; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; National Women's Hall Of Fame