Theater legend Audra McDonald and Opera Diva Leontyne Price have been named as two members of the inaugural class of inductees into Lincoln Center’s new hall of fame Legends at Lincoln Center. They will join producer-director Harold Prince, Jazz great Louis Armstrong, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and opera singer Placido Domingo as the first people to be honored.
Audra has won 6 Tony awards, 2 Grammys and an Emmy. She’s currently slated to open in Shuffle Along on Broadway this spring. She has a long history with Lincoln Center; she trained at Lincoln Center’s Julliard school and received her first Tony for Carousel at Lincoln Center only one year after graduating. She hasn’t looked back since. You can read her biography on her web page.
Leontyne Price was the first African American to gain acclaim as a international opera star, and she did it in the 1950’s and 60’s era, a time when she could sing on the world’s greatest stages, but could not sit at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. Despite that, she had an amazing career, you can read more about her on her wiki page. She is currently retired and living in New York City.