By David E. Weaver
While present process regimen surgical procedure to take away a benign tumor, Ruby Elzy died. She was once in simple terms thirty-five. Had she lived, she could were one of many first black artists to seem in grand opera.
Although now within the shadows, she was once a shining megastar in her day. She entertained Eleanor Roosevelt within the White residence. She used to be Paul Robeson's major girl within the motion picture model of The Emperor Jones. She co-starred in Birth of the Blues contrary Bing Crosby and Mary Martin. She sang at Harlem's Apollo Theater and within the Hollywood Bowl. Her extraordinary soprano voice used to be identified to hundreds of thousands over the radio. She was once in my opinion selected through George Gershwin to create one of many best roles in his masterpiece, that of Serena within the unique construction of Porgy and Bess. Her signature music used to be the vocally difficult "My Man's long past Now."
From obscurity she had risen to nice heights. Ruby Pearl Elzy (1908-1943) was once born in abject poverty in Pontotoc, Mississippi. Her father deserted the relatives whilst she was once 5, leaving her mom, a robust, religious girl, to elevate 4 young children. Ruby first sang publicly on the age of 4 or even in adolescence dreamed of a profession at the level. luck struck while a vacationing professor, crushed upon listening to her attractive voice at Rust collage in Mississippi, prepared for her to check track at Ohio nation collage. Later, on a Rosenwald Fellowship, she enrolled on the Juilliard college in long island urban.
After greater than 800 performances in Porgy and Bess, she set her attractions on a tremendous target, to sing in grand opera. She used to be on the height of her shape. whereas she was once getting ready for her debut within the name position of Verdi's Aida, tragedy struck.
During her short occupation, Ruby Elzy used to be within the most sensible tier of yankee sopranos and a precursor who paved a manner for Leontyne expense, Jessye Norman, Kathleen conflict, and different black divas of the operatic degree. This biography recognizes her unprecedented expertise, acknowledges her contribution to American song, and tells her tragic but inspiring story.