French mezzo-soprano Suzanne Sarroca died on Friday September 15, aged 96. She had performed on the world’s most prestigious opera stages, interpreting the greatest roles of the repertoire in France, New York, La Scala in Milan, and South America…

Spotted by a singing teacher in high school, Suzanne Sarroca went on to study at the Toulouse Conservatoire. Over the years, the Carcassonne native sang the greatest female roles in the operatic repertoire, from Tosca (Puccini) to Marguerite de Faust (Gounod), Aïda (Verdi) and, of course, Carmen (Bizet). She also rubbed shoulders with other great names in opera, from Luciano Pavarotti to Pablo Domingo, and worked for Visconti on an adaptation of Don Carlos.

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