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Elena Obraztsova 1939-2015

The celebrated Russian mezzo-soprano has died. She was 75. [TASS] Read more »

Irene Dalis 1925-2014

The American mezzo-soprano and impresario died today in San Jose after a long brief illness. She was 89. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Magda Olivero 1910-2014

La Cieca has just received confirmation from La Scala’s Twitter of the sad news that the legendary Italian soprano Magda Olivero has died.  She was 104. Read more »

Licia Albanese

Licia Albanese 1913-2014

La Cieca has just heard the sad news that the beloved soprano Licia Albanese died earlier this evening. She was 101.

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Carlo Bergonzi

Carlo Bergonzi 1924-2014

The legendary and beloved Italian tenor died earlier today. He was 90.

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Julius Rudel 1921-2014

The legendary conductor, mainstay of New York City Opera for 35 years, has died, says @nprclassical.

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Falsch und feig

The Hartford Wagner Festival’s production of Das Rheingold has been canceled.

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Ebben, presto morrai!

After nearly a half century on stage, San Diego Opera will cease operations after its current season, said Ian Campbell, the opera’s general and artistic director.

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Gerard Mortier 1943-2014

Impresario Gerard Mortier died earlier today of pancreatic cancer. He was 70.

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Marta Eggerth, 1912-2013

Operetta and film star Marta Eggerth died yesterday in New York. She was 101.

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