Davy’s parents were immigrants from St. Vincent. Her father worked as a token clerk for the New York City subway. She studied in New York with Belle Julie Soudant and through the Julliard School.
Ironically, Davy had received the Marian Anderson Award in 1951 and 1952. Anderson was the first black woman to perform at the Met. This was nearly a decade before Davy would take on the role of Aida.
The diva opera singer passed away in Geneva, Switzerland on November 28, 2012.
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