16 April 1918 Sedalia, North Carolina – 15 February 1985 Norman, Oklahoma
Contralto Carol Brice (Lovette Hawkins) received training at Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, at Talageda College in Alabama
(Bachelor of Music, 1939), and from Francis Rogers at the Juilliard School of Music in New York (1939–43).
Carol Brice first attracted attention when she sang in The hot mikado at the New York World Fair in 1939.
She was also chosen to sing at a concert for President Roosevelt’s 3rd inauguration in 1941, and was the first Black American
to win the Naumburg Award (1943). Among her many stage roles were Addie in Regina, Maude in Finian’s Rainbow, Maria in Porgy
and Bess, Queenie in Showboat and Harriet Tubman in Gentlemen be seated. She was a member of the Vienna Volksoper from 1967
Carol Brice taught at the University of Oklahoma from 1974. With her husband, the baritone Thomas Carey, she founded the
Cimarron Circuit Opera Company.
In RA format
I would like to thank Daniele Godor for the recording and record label.