The only singer with a visual impairment to sing the lead in Madame Butterfly.
This is a wonderful story about Elvita Clementi, an opera singer who happened to be blind. She became blind at the age of 27, but continued to perform in spite of the challenges she faced. In fact, her family says in the article that her blindness made her more determined and ambitious. They say that Mrs. Clementi at first refused to learn braille, but eventually did so.
Mrs. Clementi enjoyed sending birthday cards in braille to her friends and family. She particularly enjoyed it that they couldn't read them, saying that she had to find someone to read the cards they sent to her, so it seemed fair.
She was from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, born in 1922, and performed into her 70s. After she retired from performing, she taught vocal lessons until her death at the age of 90. She performed all over the world during her lifetime. She passed away last month.
Her talent and determination are an inspiration to me. She could have given up after she became blind but she chose not to do that. She knew she could perform, and she did. Even thought she resisted learning braille at first, she realized that it would help her to do what she wanted to in life, so she did it.
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