Published: March 23, 2017
NEW YORK CITY — The famed opera and concert singer Jessye Norman is moving from her country home, White Gates, in Westschester County, and Doyle will offer the contents of this property at auction. This landmark sale of artwork, furniture, decorations, silver, books, autographs and stage jewelry will take place at Doyle on Wednesday, March 29, at 10 am, with select highlights be to offered in subsequent auctions.
Born in Augusta, Ga., Norman is a leading figure in the realm of classical music. Raised in a family of music lovers and amateur musicians, she began singing in the living room of her own home from age four and developed a striking love for music. She discovered opera by way of the weekly radio broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera.
Miss Norman began her professional life in Europe, making her debut in December 1969 at age 24 with the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Wagner’s Tannhauser, where she was described as having “the greatest voice since the German soprano, Lotte Lehman.” She joined the company there for three years.
She continued performing around the world to great acclaim in recitals with piano, concerts with orchestras, at music festivals and on the stages of leading opera houses around the world, making her debut at the Metropolitan Opera on opening night of the 100th anniversary season as Cassandra in Les Troyens. She would go on to sing both leading female roles, Cassandra and Dido.
Preview is March 25–27 at Doyle, 175 East 87th Street. For more information, www.doyle.com or 212-427-2730.
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