- Martin Bernheimer
(b New York, NY, Nov 7, 1937; d Mount Kisco, NY, Jan 22, 1993). American soprano. At the age of ten she won an award from the radio station WQXR for her solo playing in a Mendelssohn piano concerto. She studied music at the Manhattan School, but at 15 took up dancing, studying with Martha Graham. After injuring her knee, she turned to drama, appearing off Broadway in plays by Luigi Pirandello and Eugene O’Neill before deciding to become a singer. Having made her New York City Opera debut on 12 October 1960, as Marianne in Der Rosenkavalier, she soon graduated to Sophie, and then a leading role in Robert Ward’s The Crucible, Violetta, Massenet’s Manon, Leoncavallo’s Nedda, Gilda, Lucia, and, perhaps most memorably, Mélisande. She made her Covent Garden debut as the Queen of Shemakhan in The Golden Cockerel in December 1969, and appeared at Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, and Santiago, Chile. In ...