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Beverly Sills

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Beverly Sills (May 25, 1929 – July 2, 2007) was a Jewish American operatic soprano who enjoyed a successful career during the 1950s through the 1970s. Although she sang a wide repertoire that encompassed everything from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet, Wagner, and Verdi, she was particularly famous for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in operas around the world and on recordings. Sills was largely associated with the operas of Gaetano Donizetti, of which she performed and recorded many roles. Her signature roles include the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role in Manon, Marie in La Fille du Régiment, the three heroines in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, and Violetta in La Traviata. After retiring from singing in 1980, she became the general manager of the New York City Opera. In 1994, she became the Chairman of Lincoln Center and then, in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera, stepping down in 2005.

Fact file

  • Born: May 25, 1929
  • Died: July 2, 2007 (Aged 78)
  • Occupation: Opera Singer and Opera Company Manager

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In the news

Tito Capobianco, Assertive Opera Director, Is Dead at 87
NY Times Music, 2018-09-10 21:53:56
Mr. Capobianco created major productions featuring Beverly Sills at the New York City Opera and was the longterm general director of the Pittsburgh Opera.

Jamie Barton Wins Met Opera’s Beverly Sills Award
NY Times Music, 2017-02-01 02:39:25
The mezzo-soprano who received the $50,000 prize for a young singer will perform in Dvorak’s “Rusalka,” opening at the Met on Thursday.

Jamie Barton wins Met Opera's Beverly Sills Award
Yahoo Entertainment, 2017-01-31 20:34:11
NEW YORK (AP) — Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton has been given this year's Beverly Sills Artist Award by the Metropolitan Opera.

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