Addison studied voice at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. Her debut was in 1952 in the Town Hall in New York. Subsequently, she received engagements at the New England Opera and the New York City Opera and enjoyed great success with the American Orchestra. Your extraordinary repertoire included works from the Baroque period to the 20th century.
In Otto Preminger's film version of Porgy and Bess Adele Addison Dorothy Dandridge lends her voice to the role of Bess.