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Jessye Norman
(1945-____) born on
Sep 15
US operatic and concert singer. She is a popular recitalist and recording star who is said to be the inspiration for Beineix's film "Diva;" made her Metropolitan Opera debut, 1983.
         
   
F
I am grateful that my horizons were not narrowed at the outset.

R
The very best thing that could happen to a voice, if it shows any promise at all, is when it is very young to leave it alone and to let it develop quite naturally, and to let the person go on as long as possible with the sheer joy of singing . . .
A
I have a particular affliction. I am unable to say a word I can't spell.
N
Problems arise in that one has to find a balance between what people need from you and what you need for yourself.
K
If you send up a weather vane or put your thumb up in the air every time you want to do something different, to find out what people are going to think about it, you're going to limit yourself. That's a very strange way to live.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: c. 1981; in "Words to Make My Dream Children Live," by Deirdre Mullane, 1995.
R: Interview in " Connoisseur" in "And So I Sing: African American Divas of Opera and Concert," by Rosalyn M. Story, 1993.
A: "The Norman Conquest," in "American Visions," Apr 1988.
N: In "Words of Women Quotations for Success," by Power Dynamics Publishing, 1997.
K: Interview, "New York Times," 1987.
   


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