1945 – Born on the 15th of September in Augusta, Ga., U.S.
1967 – She won a scholarship to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she studied voice. She graduated and received further training at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, and at the University of Michigan.
1968 – Won the Bavarian Radio Corp. International Music Competition.
1969 – Norman made her operatic debut as Elisabeth in Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser in Berlin.
1970 – She toured throughout the giving recitals of works by Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler, Wagner, Johannes Brahms, Erik Satie, Olivier Messiaen, and several contemporary American composers.
1980 – She was one of the most popular and highly regarded dramatic soprano singers in the world. She produced numerous award-winning recordings, and many of her performances were televised.
1989 – She appeared at the Metropolitan Opera for a historic performance of that company’s first single-character production, Erwartung by Arnold Schoenberg.