- Harold Rosenthal
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(b West Hartford, CT, Dec 24, 1927; d Vienna, July 17, 2007). American soprano. She studied at the Hartford School of Music and Columbia University, New York, where she created Gertrude Stein in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All (1947) and the title role of Luening’s Evangeline (1948). In 1949 she sang the High Priestess in Toscanini’s broadcast and recording of Aida and in 1950 Nannetta in his Falstaff. She made her European début at Florence in 1951 as the Mermaid in Oberon. After a season at Basle she was engaged by the Vienna Staatsoper, where her first role was Violetta. From 1953 to 1971 she appeared at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Fiordiligi, Countess Almaviva, Konstanze, Donna Anna and Pamina. She sang Gilda at Chicago in 1955 and made her Metropolitan début as Fiordiligi in 1961. She took part in the première of Martin’s ...