Celebrated soprano Leona Mitchell, long out of the limelight, to sing in Baltimore
If you thought Leona Mitchell had retired from singing, you wouldn't be alone. I haven't heard the soprano's name mentioned in ages. But I recall well the great work she did in recoridngs and on the stage, especially at the Metropolitan Opera, where she was a major draw in the 1970s and '80s, especially valued in Verdi and Puccini roles.
Mitchell moved back to her native Oklahoma in the '90s to care for her ailing mother and has been pretty much out of the public eye since. But the soprano, who turns 61 next month, never really abandoned her voice, which, I hear tell from sources I invariably trust, is in very good shape these days. All the more reason, then, to note "An Evening with Leona Mitchell" being presented by Faith Christian Fellowship Church in Owings Mills at 6 p.m. Sept. 19. In addition to a concert, there will be a multimedia look back at her career. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
Here's a sample of the soprano in her limelight years: