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There was a sense of safety in the rich, majestic, capacious voice of Jessye Norman / The New York Times

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There was a sense of safety in the rich, majestic, capacious voice of Jessye Norman, who died on Monday at 74. To have lost her is to have lost some part of that safety, too, which may have been one reason for the intensity of feeling that greeted the news of her death. A fellow diva, Renée Fleming, called it a "stunning, saddening loss" on Twitter, posting a classic live recording of Ms. Norman singing the Liebestod from Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde." Yuval Sharon, who directed a foray into John Cage late in her career, shared on Facebook her commanding, committed Jocasta in Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex."  ZACHARY WOOLFE