<p>Black artist history day 28 Opera singer Camilla Williams<p> <p>Camilla Williams was born in 1919 to a laundress and a chauffeur She was the fourth and youngest child of the family The Williams’ were poor the music was an important part of their lives Camilla’s grandfather was a choir leader and she grew up singing and playing piano<p> <p>She later trained at Virginia State College now Virginia State University and received her bachelor&rsquos in music education She was then awarded a scholarship to study music in Philadelphia with a prestigious voice instructor Marion Szekely Freschl<p> <p>In 1946 Williams became the first African American to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company making her debut with the New York City Opera in the title role in Puccini&rsquos Madama Butterfly She continued to sing throughout the United States and Europe with other opera companies and in 1951 she sang Bess in the landmark first complete recording of Gershwin&rsquos Porgy and Bess<p> <p>In 1977 she became the first African American appointed as Professor of Voice at Indiana University She was also the first African-American vocal teacher at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing China <p> <p>I really hope you’ve enjoyed this series on black artists for Black history month We’ve covered singers dancers actors musicians painters sculptors poets and more D I’ve had a lot of fun researching for this project and sharing what I’ve discovered with you<p> Meme

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