Barbara Hendricks (born 20 November 1948) is an American-born operatic soprano and concert singer. She is also known for her work as a human rights activist. Hendricks is currently a citizen of Sweden. Hendricks was born in Stephens, Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry at the age of 20. She then attended Juilliard School of Music in New York, where she studied with mezzo-soprano Jennie Tourel and graduated with a bachelor's degree in music.