Adele Addison

American opera singer
Addison in April 1955 (photography by Carl Van Vechten)

Adele Addison (born July 24, 1925) is an American soprano.[1] She was a figure in the classical music world during the 1950s and 1960s. She was an opera singer. However, she spent most of her career performing in recital and concert. A lot of her singing is from the Baroque period. She is well-known for performing the singing voice of Bess (played by Dorothy Dandridge) in the movie Porgy and Bess (1959).

Addison was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has had type 2 diabetes since childhood. In 1958, she married Norman Berger, a research scientist and professor at New York University. Berger died in 2005, after a 47-year marriage.[2]


  1. "Adele Addison". Extravagant Crowd. Yale University. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  2. "Paid Notice: Deaths BERGER, NORMAN". The New York Times. August 14, 2005. Retrieved April 7, 2019.

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