Archive for the obit Category

Separated at death?

Posted in gay, obit, sad, this diva looks like that diva on January 14, 2008 by lacieca

Joan Ingpen and Rosina Lickspittle
In related macabre news, (reportedly) gay tenor Sergej Larin died this weekend, and La Cieca has just heard an unconfirmed report that another gay tenor, Giuliano Ciannella, has also passed away.


Joan Ingpen 1916-2007

Posted in obit on January 9, 2008 by lacieca

Legendary opera administrator Joan Ingpen died on December 29 at the age of 91. The Telegraph has an appreciation of her life and career that includes this observation: “She had wonderful teeth that sparkled like diamonds when they caught the light.”

Zara Dolukhanova 1918-2007

Posted in obit on December 11, 2007 by lacieca

The legendary mezzo-soprano of the Russian Soviet period, Zara Dolukhanova, died last week at the age of 89. Though she excelled in brilliant Rossini roles in the opera house, her greatest success was as a recitalist. Dolukhanova’s broad repertoire included music from arie antiche to Prokofiev and Stravinsky; unusually for Soviet-era singers, she often included Lieder by German composers such as Schumann and Wolf in her programs. She was one of the first major Soviet stars to appear in the United States, making her debut at Carnegie Hall in 1959. In the later years of her career, she made a successful transition to the soprano range; however, she is best remembered for the warmth and elegance of her mezzo-soprano in a series of studio recordings made in the 1950s.

Zara Dolukhanova sings “Oh! quand je dors.”

Robert Goulet, 1933-2007

Posted in obit, sad, youtube on October 31, 2007 by lacieca

The Broadway baritone, star of Camelot, died yesterday at the age of 73. Goulet won a Tony Award for for the 1968 Kander and Ebb musical The Happy Time, and most recently appeared on Broadway as Georges in the 2004 revival of La Cage aux Folles. An obituary and appreciation of the performer can be found at Playbill News.

Luciano Pavarotti 1935 – 2007

Posted in obit, pav, sad on September 6, 2007 by lacieca

Tribute to Pavarotti at Unnatural Acts of Opera

Rose Bampton, 1908-2007

Posted in mp3, obit on August 24, 2007 by lacieca

The American dramatic soprano is heard in the final scene of Daphne (R. Strauss) in a performance from Buenos Aires, 1948. Set Svanholm is Apollo; Erich Kleiber conducts.

Rose Bampton sings Daphne

Teresa Stich-Randall 1927-2007

Posted in obit on July 22, 2007 by lacieca

The American soprano, whose voice Toscanini called “the find of the century,” died Tuesday in Vienna.

She is heard here singing “Crudele… Non mi dir” from a 1960 performance of Don Giovanni.

Teresa Stich-Randall