Mattiwilda Dobbs (1925-2015)
@ New Georgia Encyclopedia
DescriptionEncyclopedia article about Mattiwilda Dobbs. Mattiwilda Dobbs's exceptional vocal gifts and musical skill enabled her to cross color barriers to become an internationally known opera star. The Atlanta native was the first African American to sing at La Scala in Milan, Italy, and the first black woman to be offered a long-term contract by the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York.
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