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date: 12 November 2019

Dobbs, Mattiwildalocked

(11 July 1925–8 Dec. 2015)
  • Maurice B. Wheeler


Dobbs, Mattiwilda (11 July 1925–8 Dec. 2015), coloratura soprano and operatic trailblazer, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the fifth of six daughters of John Wesley Dobbs, a mail-train clerk for the US Postal Service and a highly esteemed civic leader and civil rights activist, and the former Irene Ophelia Thompson. Dobbs’s musical training began as a child, singing in her church choir and taking many years of piano lessons along with her sisters, at her father’s insistence. In ...

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