Peabody Institute Anne Brown collection
- 1940 - 2002
- Johns Hopkins University. Peabody Institute (Corporate Entity)
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0.6 Cubic Feet (1 full letter-sized box, 1 card-file box, and 1 record jacket)
Biographical / Historical
While at Juilliard, Brown learned that Gershwin was working on an opera based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy and wanted a part. Her involvement led Gershwin to write more songs for the character of Bess and revise the title of the opera. She would go on to perform the role more than 600 times.
Brown married Thorleif Schjelderup, a Norwegian ski jumper, in 1948 and moved to Oslo, where she spent the rest of her life and continued to perform as a singer. Her autobiography, Sang fra frossen gren, was first published in Norway in 1979 and became a best seller. In 1998, the Peabody Conservatory awarded her the George Peabody Medal for her lifetime of outstanding contributions to music.