Reri Grist (February is an American coloratura soprano, one of the pioneer African-American singers to enjoy a major international career in opera. A little known fact: Reri was in the original cast of "West Side Story" on Broadway.
Reri Grist, a coloratura. She found fame in Europe before opera was as accepting to African American singers in the US. Also, on the original cast recording for dream sequence Maria in West Side Story. She still lives in Austria, born
Mattiwilda Dobbs (July 1925 – December was an African-American coloratura soprano and one of the first black singers to enjoy a major international career in opera. Dobbs died from CANCER on December 2015 at her home in Atlanta at the age of