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Junetta Jones
Junetta Jones

Junetta Jones, a pioneering African-American soprano who performed with the Metropolitan Opera after winning its 1963 Young Artists competition, died of dementia complications Feb. 17 at the Crofton Rehabilitation Center. The former Liberty Heights area resident was 78. She also sang with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, as well as with European opera companies. Born in Baltimore and raised on Gilmor Street, she was the daughter of Luther Jones, a Bethlehem Steel worker, and Charity Jones, a beautician. In a 1963 article she told The Sun she "discovered she had a voice about the same time her teachers asked her to sing Christmas Carols."...