American opera great (and Kennedy Center Honoree) Grace Bumbry sings a mixed program of German lieder in homage to her teacher, legendary soprano Lotte Lehmann. Selections include Schubert's Die Taubenpost, Brahms's Auf dem Kirchhofe, and Strauss's Ständchen. Bumbry retired from staged opera in 1997, but she still sings in recital and teaches young singers.
"She is still a force to be reckoned with … with some marvellous floated passages, solidly placed and solid in pitch."—Opera Canada
"In 1960, Miss Bumbry made her professional stage debut at the Paris Opera. However, it was her surprise German debut the following year that put her on the map. Auditioning for the role of Venus in Tannhäuser in the Bayreuth Festival … she was Wagner grandson and festival director Wieland Wagner's first choice for the role and the first black [person] to ever sing at the festival … [receiving] a now-legendary opening-night ovation."—Washington Times