Jessye Norman | 1945-2019
We interrupt this week's theme of Task Commitment on Curious Quotes, Points To Ponder, & Inspiring Insights, to mourn the loss of legendary opera sensation Jessye Norman with a quote about rights, responsibilities, and talent development.
Jessye Norman's voice has a way of transcending all that you thought possible and cutting to the core of your being. She was an iconoclast and groundbreaking artist that refused to be "pigeonholed" into singing in only one style. She most famously said, "Pigeonholes are for pigeons." This is an important reminder for us and our gifted students that we need to limit ourselves in only doing one thing well. As Jessye Norman states, "A person has the right, and I think the responsibility to develop all of their talents." You can read more about the amazing life of this opera diva here.
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