Grace Bumbry To Be Awarded Honorary Doctorate At The Juilliard School

By Francisco Salazar

The Juilliard School announced that opera singer Grace Bumbry will be honored with an honorary doctorate in music on May 18, 2018.

The school announced that alongside Bumbry, alumnus Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter, director of Juilliard Jazz Studies, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, will address the graduates at the school’s 113th commencement ceremony.

The ceremony will also see Juilliard will confer honorary doctorates upon four other artists including bassist and former Juilliard faculty member Ron Carter, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage, Ballet Hispánico founder Tina Ramirez; and Ann Ziff, philanthropist and chairman of the Metropolitan Opera.

The commencement ceremony will also mark Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi final commencement ceremony. In July, Damian Woetzel will begin as the school’s seventh president.

Bumbry was well-known for her work as a soprano and mezzo-soprano performing such roles as Salome, Carmen, Santuzza, Medea, Eboli, Jenufa, Gioconda, Leonora in “Il Trovatore,” Leonora in “La Forza del Destino,” Tosca, Turandot, Norma, and Adalgisa among others. She last appeared at the Vienna State Opera at the age of 75 as the Countess in “The Queen of Spades.”