Leontyne Price Net Worth

Leontyne Price Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Leontyne Price net worth is
$2 Million

Leontyne Price Wiki Biography

Born as Mary Violet Leontyne Price on the 10th February 1927 in Laurel, Mississippi USA, she is a Grammy Award and Primetime Emmy Award-winning soprano, best known as one of the first African Americans to be the leading artist in the Metropolitan Opera. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Price with Opera Honors in 2008, and she has 19 Grammy Awards as well.

Have you ever wondered how rich Leontyne Price is, as of mid- 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Price’s net worth is as high as $2 million, an amount earned through her successful career as a soprano, which started in the early ‘50s and ended in 1997.

Leontyne Price Net Worth $2 Million

Leontyne Price was the daughter of James Price, a lumber mill worker, and Katie, a midwife who also sang in the church choir. Early in her life Leontyne started learning piano, and later sang in the St. Paul’s Methodist Church choir. Price then studied music at the Wilberforce College in Wilberforce, Ohio, before later moving to the Juilliard School in New York City.

In 1951, Price secured her first leading role in Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”, and then starred in Verdi’s “Falstaff” and George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” both in 1952. Two years later, Leontyne had her recital debut at New York’s Town Hall, while in 1955, she performed Puccini’s “Tosca”, the role that was remembered as she became the first African American to sing in televised opera as a lead. Price continued to appear on NBC Opera broadcasts, as Pamina in 1956, Madame Lidoine in Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” in 1957, and as Donna Anna in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in 1960. In May 1960, Leontyne played Aida at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy’s greatest opera house, the first African-American to do so.

In the early ‘60s, while she performed at the Metropolitan, Price earned $2,750 per performance, which was on a par with such famous artists as Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, and Renata Tebaldi – only Birgit Nilsson made $3,000 per performance at the time. In the coming years, Leontyne had numerous important roles such as Elvira in Verdi’s “Ernani”, Pamina in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”, Leonora in “La forza del destino”, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”, Amelia in “Un ballo in maschera”, and Cleopatra in Barber’s “Antony and Cleopatra”, quite a CV for any opera singer, the roles helping Price to increase her net worth significantly.

The climax of her career came in 1966 when she sang in Samuel Barber’s “Antony and Cleopatra”, as the part of Cleopatra was written especially for her. Later in the ‘60s, Leontyne put opera work aside as she was involved in recitals and concerts, so she decided to go back to Europe and perform in Hamburg, London, Paris, Vienna and Salzburg. In January 1973, price sang a few songs including “Precious Lord”, “Onward, Christian Soldiers”, and “Take My Hand” at the state funeral of former US President Lyndon B. Johnson, which was quite interesting because she also sang at his inauguration back in 1965. After a short break, she returned to the Metropolitan and starred in “Madam Butterfly”, while in 1977, Price had her last new role in Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” in San Francisco. For the next twenty years, Leontyne continued to perform recitals and concerts, her last recital occurring at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in November 1997, after which she decided to retire. She came out of the retirement in October 2001 to sing “This Little Light of Mine” and “God Bless America” in a memorial concert at Carnegie Hall, to honor the victims of the September 11 attacks.

Leontyne Price appeared in numerous television shows throughout her career, including “The Ed Sullivan Show” (1961-1965), “The Bell Telephone Hour” (1963-1967), and “New York, New York” (1969-1985).

Regarding her personal life, Leontyne Price was married to William Warfield from 1952 to 1972, otherwise she has remained single, officially..

Full NameLeontyne Price
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 10, 1927
Place Of BirthLaurel, Mississippi, United States
ProfessionSinger, Actor, Soprano
EducationCentral State University, Wilberforce University, Juilliard School
SpouseWilliam Warfield (m. 1952–1972)
ParentsKatie Price, James Price
NicknamesMary Violet Leontyne Price , Price, Leontyne , Mary Leontyne Price
AwardsKennedy Center Honors, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Variety Or Music Program, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Classical Music or Dance Programming
AlbumsChristmas Recitals, Verdi: Heroines, La forza del destino, Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte, Un ballo in maschera, Il trovatore, Così fan tutte, Carmen, Aida, Puccini Heroines Leontyne Price Rediscovered, Verdi: Aïda - Highlights, Prima Donna, Volume 2 Puccini: Tosca (Metropolitan Opera), Leontyne Price Sings Verdi Arias, Artists Of The Century: Leontyne Price, El Amor Brujo / Les Nuits D'Été, Leontyne Price - Right as the Rain, Leontyne Price - Mozart, Leontyne Price - Richard Strauss, Classical Collection, Aida (feat. Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma)
NominationsGrammy Award for Best New Artist, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Classical Program - Performing Arts, Deep River, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray
MoviesAida's Brothers & Sisters: Black Voices in Opera and Concert, Messa Da Requiem (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), The Art of Singing: Golden Voices of the Century, Leontyne Price: The Art of Verdi: Aida: Act III, Voice of Firestone: The Great Sopranos
TV ShowsLive from Lincoln Center, In Performance At The White House
1On growth: You should always know when you're shifting gears in life. You should leave your era-it should never leave you.
2On success: Accomplishments have no color.
3Once you get on stage, everything is right. I feel the most beautiful, complete, fulfilled. I think that's why, in the case of noncompromising career women, parts of our personal lives don't work out. One person can't give you the feeling that thousands of people give you.
1She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1985 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
2A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
3Made her Metropolitan Opera debut on January 27, 1961.
4Her 1955 NBC-TV performance as Tosca was not carried by some television stations in the then racially segregated South.
5One of the most famous and greatest American sopranos of the twentieth century, she was also the first major black singer to have a long-running star career at the Metropolitan Opera.


The Metropolitan Opera Presents1984-1985TV SeriesAida / Donna Leonora
NBC Television Opera Theatre1955-1960TV SeriesDonna Anna Madame Lidoine Pamina ...


Combien tu m'aimes?2005performer: "Gianni Schicchi: O Moi Babbino Caro excerpt" , "Un Ballo in Maschera: Zitti! L'Incanto Non Dessi Turbare excerpts" Composed by nm0006333 & nm0813928
Romeo + Juliet1996performer: "Liebestod"
Edge of Sanity1989performer: "Il Trovatore"
Aria1987performer: "Un Ballo in Maschera extracts", "La Virgine degli Angeli", "Liebestod", "Depuis le jour"


Great Performances2000TV Series special thanks - 1 episode


Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams1991Video documentaryHerself
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
New York, New York1969-1985TV SeriesHerself
In Performance at the White House1983TV Series documentaryHerself
The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala1983TV SpecialHerself
Christmas at Kennedy Center with Leontyne Price1982TV MovieHerself
Price/Horne Met Gala Concert1982TV SpecialSoprano
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1981TV Special documentaryHerself
Great Performances1981TV SeriesHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1980TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
Live from Studio 8H: A Tribute to Toscanini1980TV Special documentarySoloist
Leontyne Price and the Spirituals1979VideoHerself (singer)
The Pearl Bailey Show1971TV SeriesHerself
Messa da Requiem von Giuseppe Verdi1967TV Special documentarySopran
The Bell Telephone Hour1963-1967TV SeriesHerself - Opera Soprano
What's My Line?1966TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
Die alte und die neue Met1966TV MovieHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1961-1965TV SeriesHerself - Opera Singer / Singer
Festival of Arts1962TV SeriesHerself
Preview: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony1958TV MovieHerself (soprano)
Leontyne Price Recital1957TV MovieHerself - Singer

Archive Footage

Pappano's Classical Voices2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Great Performances1998TV SeriesHerself / Bess
Great Moments in Opera1997TV MovieHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Singer

Won Awards

1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement - Classical Music/Dance ProgrammingIn Performance at the White House (1978)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramLive from Lincoln Center (1976)

Nominated Awards

1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Classical Program in the Performing ArtsPrice/Horne Met Gala Concert (1982)
1961GrammyGrammy AwardsBest New Artist

Known for movies

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