Spring 2014

Jessye Norman: Stand Up Straight and Sing!

Presented in partnership with Lyric Unlimited

Opera legend Jessye Norman comes to Chicago to share her extraordinary journey from a childhood in segregated Augusta, Georgia, to star of the world’s grandest stages. Her memoir Stand Up Straight and Sing! deepens our appreciation for her stunning musical gifts. Get up close and personal with one of history’s greatest singers.

Opera dramaturg Colin Ure joins Ms. Norman in conversation.

This program is presented in partnership with Lyric Unlimited—an initiative of Lyric Opera of Chicago—and the School of the Art Institute.

Photograph by Carol Friedman

Speakers and Performers

Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman is one of America's greatest and most accomplished classical singers, with five Grammy Awards, dozens of international prizes, and a Kennedy Center Honor (its youngest-ever recipient) among her countless awards. She pursued music at Howard University and the University of Michigan, and achieved astonishing early success with a contract from Deutsche Oper Berlin. Her career since then has reached from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera to concerts in honor of the Dalai Lama, the bicentennial of the French republic, as well as multimedia presentations of American roots music.

Colin Ure

Colin Ure was born in Glasgow, Scotland and studied music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Following graduation he performed as a professional classical singer throughout the UK. In 1992 he became an artists’ manager, where he advised, developed, and structured the careers of young singers worldwide. In 2005 he was appointed dramaturg for the Houston Grand Opera. Currently based in Chicago, he works as a freelance dramaturg and writer/presenter for the WFMT radio series Ryan Center Recital Series.