Anne Brown

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1912
Year of Death: 2009

About Anne Brown:

Anne Brown (August 9, 1912 – March 13, 2009) was an American soprano who created the role of "Bess" in the original production of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess in 1935. She was also a radio and concert singer. She settled in Norway in 1948 and later became a Norwegian citizen.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Annie Wiggins Brown was the daughter of Dr. Harry F. Brown, a physician, and his wife, the former Mary Allen Wiggins. Her father was the grandson of a slave and her mother's parents were of black, Cherokee Indian, and Scottish-Irish origins. She had three sisters, Henrietta, Mamie, and Harriet. As a young child, Brown showed a great musical talent and according to family legend she could sing a perfect scale at just 9 months old.

As an African-American, she was not allowed to attend a Roman Catholic elementary school in her native Baltimore. She trained at Morgan College and then applied to the Peabody Institute, but was rejected from the school due to her race. Brown then applied to the Juilliard School in New York at the encouragement of the wife of the owner of The Baltimore Sun. She was admitted to Juilliard when she was 16, becoming the first African-American vocalist to attend there. She studied singing with Lucia Dunham and was awarded Juilliard's Margaret McGill scholarship when she was 20 years old. At the age of nineteen she married a fellow Juilliard student, but the marriage soon ended in divorce.

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More Arias, Duets and Ensembles performed by Anne Brown

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1My man's gone now Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Serena
2I loves you Porgy Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Bess
3Senza mamma o bimbo tu sei morto Popularity:

Opera: Suor AngelicaComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sister Angelica
4Gone gone gone Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct:

Type: Voice: Language: English

Roles:
5Overture Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
6What you want wid Bess Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Bess
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