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Opera legend Jessye Norman shares stories from her incredible decades-long career

Ahead of receiving the Glenn Gould Prize in Toronto, opera singer Jessye Norman joined guest host Laurie Brown to reflect on her early career and the importance of the arts.
American soprano Jessye Norman, known for her powerful, versatile voice and her celebrated turns in Wagnerian operas, is the latest winner of the $100,000 Glenn Gould Prize. (James E. Alexander)
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Jessye Norman is one of the most celebrated opera sopranos to come out of the U.S. For decades, she appeared on the stages of major opera houses in Italy, France, Germany and Austria, but she doesn't just sing opera. She performed at Bill Clinton's inauguration and the president of France chose her to sing their national anthem at the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution.

Norman joined guest host Laurie Brown to share a few stories from her decades-long career. Next week in Toronto, she will be awarded the Glenn Gould Prize and will be the first woman to receive the prize. A gala in her honour will feature performances from opera singers Nina Stemme and Sondra Radvanovsky along with the Canadian Opera Company's orchestra.

Click the "listen" link above to hear Laurie Brown's conversation with Jessye Norman.

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