Happy Birthday,
Leontyne Price

The Metropolitan Opera celebrates the 90th birthday of soprano Leontyne Price, an American treasure and operatic icon who gave a total of 204 performances with the company. Born on February 10, 1927, Price thrilled audiences in a wide range of roles over a span of nearly 25 years at the Met, even starring in the world premiere of Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra for the opening of the company’s new house at Lincoln Center in 1966. But the composer whose work she performed more than any other is Verdi, starring as five of his heroines during her Met career. Chief among these was Aida, a role she dominated not only at the Met, where she gave 42 performances between 1961 and her farewell performance in 1985, but also at opera houses around the world. Price’s other key roles at the Met included both of Verdi’s Leonoras (in Il Trovatore and La Forza del Destino), Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and the title roles in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Tosca. Happy birthday, Leontyne!