Jessye Norman, 2014, during a master class in
, New York
Jessye Norman (born September 15, 1945) is an
 She is a
dramatic soprano. She has often sung works by
Richard Wagner. Norman is in the
Georgia Music Hall of Fame. She has won
Grammy Awards. She received a Spingarn Medal. She also got a
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a
National Medal of Arts.
In 1970, she performed in
Italy for the first time. There she sang in
Handel's Deborah. The following year, she performed at the
Maggio Musicale for the first time. There she sang in L'Africaine.
Norman was born in