American soprano Phyllis Curtin died yesterday (5 June) in Great Barrington, (Massachusetts) aged 94. She had an international career in operas and concerts from the early 1950s through the 1980s.

In 1946 she made her professional opera debut with Goldovsky’s opera company, the New England Opera Theater, as Tatyana in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Later she sung at the New York City Opera,

the Royal Opera in London, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Curtin taught at Yale University and was Artistic Advisor at the Opera Institute at the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music, where she held a Deanship of the Schools for the Arts, as well as Artist-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Center.


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