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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 1973 file photo, Metropolitan Opera singer Shirley Verrett prepares for her performance in Hector Berlioz's opera "The Trojans" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Acclaimed American mezzo-soprano and soprano Shirley Verrett, who was praised for her singing in Verdi repertory staples, has died, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.  She was 79. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 1973 file photo, Metropolitan Opera singer Shirley Verrett prepares for her performance in Hector Berlioz's opera "The Trojans" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Acclaimed American mezzo-soprano and soprano Shirley Verrett, who was praised for her singing in Verdi repertory staples, has died, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. She was 79. (AP Photo/File)

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