Leona Mitchell

po_Mitchell-LeonaLeona Mitchell (born October 13, 1949), is an African-American and Chickasaw operatic soprano and an Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inductee.

Mitchell is also a Grammy Award-winning soprano who sang for 18 seasons as a leading spinto soprano at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

In her home state of Oklahoma, Mitchell has been awarded many honors. These include The Oklahoma Hall of Fame, The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, The Women’s Hall of Fame and The Jazz Hall of Fame. Her home town of Enid has a Leona Mitchell Boulevard in her honor, as well as the city’s Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum. Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma made her Oklahoma’s State Cultural Ambassador.