Ms. Foye, 86, is a living African American treasure. A classically trained and internationally acclaimed soprano, she is a trilingual musician; teacher and activist who has lived an extraordinary life. She performed on and off Broadway, in Madison Square Garden, and at clubs such as Village Vanguard and Café Society. She appeared as Bess, in productions of Porgy and Bess, throughout Europe.
As a youth, she was befriended and mentored by Paul Robeson. As a result, she was drawn into the human rights movement that set the stage for the civil rights struggle. In 1951 she was called before the infamous McCarran Senate Committee during the McCarthy era. Rather than relinquish her passport, she fled into exile to Mexico, where she had a phenomenal career that included a television show and numerous critically acclaimed performances.
Ms. Foye's career includes three Rockefeller Grants, residencies and performances in Berlin, Israel and Zurich. Now living in California, she earned a BA in music at Immaculate Heart College, shortly before her 60th birthday, and began work on a Masters at Cal State Long Beach. In addition to her native English, she is fluent in both Spanish and German, and sings in other languages.