Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano and actress (b. 1925) died on December 08, 2015.

Mattiwilda Dobbs was an American coloratura soprano and was one of the first black singers to enjoy a major international career in opera. She was the first black singer to perform at La Scala in Italy, the first black woman to receive a long-term performance contract and to sing a lead role at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and the first black singer to play a lead role at the San Francisco Opera.

Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano and actress (b. 1925) died on December 08, 2015.

December 8, 2015

Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano and actress (b. 1925) died on December 08, 2015.

Mattiwilda Dobbs was an American coloratura soprano and was one of the first black singers to enjoy a major international career in opera. She was the first black singer to perform at La Scala in Italy, the first black woman to receive a long-term performance contract and to sing a lead role at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and the first black singer to play a lead role at the San Francisco Opera.