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Rosalind Elias (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: March 13, 1930 - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

The American mezzo-soprano, Rosalind Elias, began her training at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. During her student days there, she sang Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea and also appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She then studied at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood.

After singing with the New England Opera from 1948 to 1952, Rosalind Elias completed her training in Italy with Luigi Ricci and Nazareno de Angelis. Following engagements at Milan’s La Scala and Naples’ Teatro San Carlos, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in New York as Grimgerde in Die Walküre in February 1954. She created roles there in Barber’s Vanessa (Erika, 1958), and Antony and Cleopatra (Charmian, 1966), remaining on its roster for over 30 years. She also made guest appearances in Europe and toured as concert artist. Among her other roles were Dorabella, Rosina, Cherubino, Giordano’s Bersi, Carmen, and Octavian.


Source: Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
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