Maria Ewing, a soprano and mezzo-soprano noted for intense performances has died at age 71 last Sunday at her home in Detroit. Ewing made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1976 in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro She sang 96 Met performances until her finale as Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck in 1997.

Ewing married director Peter Hall in 1982. Four years later, her husband directed her at the Met where she sang the title role in a new staging of Bizert’s Carmen. Many collaborations were to follow. The couple divorced in 1990.

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