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March 29, 2014
I always considered Shirley Verrett to be an icon: a woman of immense talent, beauty, and grace who, for a brief moment, I was blessed to encounter. She sang a concert at my undergraduate alma mater and, as a music student, I was blessed to work back stage, offering her such things as chicken soup and tea. She declined both, but offered warmth and grace instead, heaping an amazing concert recital on the top. It was unforgettable. I have often wanted to tell her in person how her presence as an African-American operatic singer influenced my life as a young African-American baritone. She is remembered with joy. God's blessings of peace be upon her husband, Louis, daughter, Francesca, and other family members. She was the BEST!
March 23, 2012
As Time rolls on we must let go of the greatest gifts given to us from God. Shirley was a fine lady, a gentile spirit and one who brought greatness into our lives. She is remembered by all who were graced with her presence. Thank you for letting us share the burden of the physical loss and the joy of the eternal salvation she so dearly believed in. Let us keep the Spirit alive through all the memories of the greats, like Shirley and let us all be encouraged to strive to always do the very best at what ever we place our hands, to the glory of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
What a glamorous Proverbs 31 woman.
November 05, 2011
First time I met SHirley Verrett was during Siege of Cornith at the MET. Before her huge act 3 aria, she quickly handed me something and said hold on to this - it was a wad of something like kreosote (or it may have been licorice). It still makes me laugh! Bill Russell, New York, NY)
March 18, 2011
I saw Shirley Verrett at Covent Garden in the 1970's and have listened to her a lot since. What a wonderful and unique voice. She will be sadly missed.
February 22, 2011
The God of all comforts. She will be miss.1:Cor:1:3,4
February 19, 2011
"To the Verrett Family I am deeply sorry that I never got a chance to meet Shirely" My Grandfather was Frank Verrett. My mother was Dorothy Verrett she alway told me about her beloved cousin with the magnificiant voice. You have my deepest sympathy for your tremendous loss. Connie J Connor, Ladera Ranch, CA
December 03, 2010
Dear Lou, Francesca and family,
Our deepest condolences on the loss of Shirley, our beloved former neighbor. We have warm memories of delightful visits with your family, and Shirley as a thoughtful, committed and beautiful person who was innately modest despite her elegance and celebrity as a stunningly gifted musician. Her singing at Tanglewood and elsewhere provided memories for a lifetime. Wishing you well as we share your sorrow from afar.

Barbara, Joe, Jordan and Logan Orlando, New York City
November 30, 2010
God bless Shirley, she brought much happyness and pleasure to this lover of opera. I was always moved with her performances of Delilah, and part of me died with her passing. Hope to see you again one day on the other side.
November 29, 2010
Dear Verrett Family,
I had the great privilege of singing with Shirley in my professional debut in the 1980 New Orleans production of Carmen. She was, of course, stellar. But more importantly, to a young singer like myself, she offered calm, centered advice, and was a model of professionalism on and off the stage. In the following years as we met again in various venues, she always remembered me by name and was most generous with her precious time. I think this, her generosity of spirit, came through so clearly in her exquisite singing and in her fine, graceful personality. I shall always remember Ms. Verrett with gratitude and deep happiness. She created a place in history that is uniquely hers.
November 29, 2010
I am sorry I never got to meet Shirley. Her little brother Ron is one of my close friends and also a fine musician. He has taught me much. I am sure I'll be able to meet her someday.

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