Oscar Nominee Da’Vine Joy Randolph Dreams of Playing Leontyne Price

By Francisco Salazar

Oscar-nominated actress Da’Vine Joy Randolph has revealed that her dream is to interpret the life of Leontyne Price on film.

During the Oscar Luncheon on Feb. 12, 2024, the actress told Variety, “Be that I’m a classically trained opera singer, I really want to tell the story and the life of Leontyne Price. And I want to speak multiple languages and want to shoot it overseas and obviously be singing.”

She added that Price taught her to “want the finer things in life and to push yourself.”

Randolph attended Interlochen Arts Camp as a youth and studied theatre. She went to Temple University to focus on classical vocal performance and opera, but in her junior year, she switched concentrations to musical theatre. She is currently nominated for her performance in “The Holdovers” and is the favorite to take home the oscar for Supporting Actress. 

Leontyne Price recently celebrated her 97th birthday and first African American soprano to receive international acclaim