Met Opera to hold celebration of Jessye Norman on Nov. 24

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will hold a tribute to Jessye Norman on November 24 that celebrates the life and career of the late soprano.

Latonia Moore, Eric Owens, Lise Davidsen, J’Nai Bridges, and Leah Hawkins are scheduled to perform, the company said Wednesday, along with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, pianist Mark Markham, composer-pianist Damien Sneed, the Met chorus, and the Met’s Porgy and Bess chorus.

Speakers will include Anna Deavere Smith, Gloria Steinem, and former French Culture Minister Jack Lang.

Norman died September 30 at age 74. She was hailed at the Met for her Wagnerian performances as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, Sieglinde in Die Walküre, and Kundry in Parsifal, and for the title role in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.