The great American soprano-turned-mezzo Regina Resnik died Thursday weeks shy of her 91st birthday.
From The New York Times:
A statement by the Metropolitan Opera:
From NPR, including video clips:
She was one of the early American singers to have established a major career in the US under her own name, without the usual climb to stardom in Europe.
I was lucky to have heard her live in two roles: the Marquise de Berkenfield in "Daughter of the Regiment" and in a special "Chacun a Bing's gout," one of the highlights of his retirement gala. It was a gracious performance, given how she was not to Bing's taste. I'm sad to have missed her Countess in "Pique Dame."
She was a renowned Carmen, and it was her recording used in "Carlos Saura's 'Carmen'."
Rest in peace, Ms. Resnik.