Lear [née Shulman], Evelyn
- Harold Rosenthal
(b Brooklyn, NY, Jan 8, 1926; d Sandy Spring, MD, July 1, 2012). American soprano. She studied at the Juilliard School and later in Berlin. Engaged by the Berlin Städtische (later Deutsche) Oper, she made her début in 1959 as the Composer. In 1961 she created the title role in Klebe’s Alkmene in Berlin and in 1963 Jeanne Egk’s in Die Verlobung in San Domingo at the opening celebrations of the rebuilt Nationaltheater, Munich. She made her Metropolitan début as Lavinia in the first performance of Levy’s Mourning Becomes Electra (1967). With her first performance in Vienna of Berg’s Lulu in 1962 she became closely associated with the role, singing it in London with the Hamburg company that year and recording it under Böhm. She made her Covent Garden début in 1965 as Donna Elvira. Her repertory included both Cherubino and Countess Almaviva, Fiordiligi, Pamina, Monteverdi’s Poppaea, Handel’s Cleopatra, Mimì, Desdemona, Tatyana, Marie (...