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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.

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