Dale, Clamma , black American soprano; b. Chester, Pa., July 4, 1948. She studied at the Philadelphia Settlement Music School, and later with Hans Heinz, Alice Howland, and Cornelius Reed at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (B.Mus., 1970; M.S., 1975). On Feb. 20, 1973, she appeared as St. Teresa I in 4 Saints in 3 Acts in the Mini-Met staging at N.Y’s Manhattan Forum. On Sept. 30, 1975, she made her N.Y.C. Opera debut as Antonia in Les Conies d’Hoffmann, and subsequently appeared with opera companies throughout North America and abroad; she also toured extensively as a concert artist. In 1988 she sang Gershwin’s Bess at the Theater des Westens in Berlin, and in 1989 she sang Puccini’s Liù at the Deutsche Oper there. Among her other principal roles were Pamina, Countess Almaviva, Nedda, and Musetta.
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