David Weaver

The extraordinary soprano Ruby Elzy was personally chosen by George Gershwin to create the leading role of Serena in the original production of Porgy and Bess. After singing in more than 800 performances, and drawing fame for her signature song "My Man's Gone Now," the Juilliard-trained vocalist - plucked from poverty in Mississippi - was set to take on the role of Aida when tragedy struck at age 35.

Sopranos Ruby Elzy and Dame Joan Sutherland are featured this week.

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