American operatic sopranoDied when: 92 years 103 days (1107 months)
Star Sign: Libra
Camilla Ella Williams (October 18, 1919 – January 29, 2012) was an American operatic soprano who performed nationally and internationally.After studying with renowned teachers in New York City, she was the first African American to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company, the New York City Opera.
She had earlier won honors in vocal competitions and the Marian Anderson Fellowship in 1943–44.In 1954 she became the first African American to sing a major role with the Vienna State Opera.
She later also performed as a soloist with numerous European orchestras.As a concert artist, she toured throughout the United States as well as Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
In 1977, she was the first African American appointed as Professor of Voice at Indiana University, where she taught until 1997.