I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

po_Verrett-ShirleyShirley Verrett (May 31, 1931 – November 5, 2010) was an African-American operatic mezzo-soprano.

Verrett successfully transitioned into soprano roles i.e. soprano sfogato. Verrett enjoyed great fame from the late 1960s through the 1990s, particularly well known for singing the works of Verdi and Donizetti.