Williams, Camilla, African American soprano and teacher; b. Danville, Va., Oct. 18, 1922. She studied at Va. State Coll. (B.S., 1941) and with Marion Szekely-Freschl, Hubert Giesen, Sergius Kagen, and Leo Taubman in Philadelphia. She won the Marian Anderson Award twice (1943, 1944) as well as the Philadelphia Orch. Youth Award (1944). On May 15, 1946, she made her operatic debut at the N.Y.C. Opera as Cio-Cio-San, remaining on its roster until 1954; also toured widely as a concert artist. She taught at Brooklyn Coll. of the City Univ. of N.Y. (1970-73) and at the Ind. Univ. School of Music in Bloomington (from 1977).
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