Leontyne Price

Price got her first chances to play Aida -- one of her memorable roles -- by filling in for stricken singers. "I've always threatened to give two wonderful medals to two wonderful colleagues who happened to have two wonderful appendectomies and gave me two wonderful opportunities to sing 'Aida,' " she told Opera News. "They are Antonietta Stella in San Francisco in 1957 and Anita Cerquetti at Covent Garden in 1958."
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( Metropolitan Opera Archives )

Price got her first chances to play Aida -- one of her memorable roles -- by filling in for stricken singers. "I've always threatened to give two wonderful medals to two wonderful colleagues who happened to have two wonderful appendectomies and gave me two wonderful opportunities to sing 'Aida,' " she told Opera News. "They are Antonietta Stella in San Francisco in 1957 and Anita Cerquetti at Covent Garden in 1958."

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