- Richard LeSueur
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(b Memphis, TN, June 17, 1931). American mezzo-soprano. With a scholarship she was awarded from the Metropolitan Opera, where she was discovered by Max Rudolph, she studied singing in New York with Karin Branzell, and after a number of engagements with several small companies she made her New York City Opera debut as Carmen in 1956. After her first performance at the Metropolitan two years later as the Nurse in Boris Godunov (she was later to sing the role of Marina in the new production of the opera in 1975), she became a mainstay of the company with more than 50 roles to her credit, including Wagner’s Venus, Brangäne, and Fricka; Verdi’s Amneris and Azucena; Giulietta (Les contes d’Hoffmann); Laura (in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda); Saint-Saëns’s Delilah; Carmen; Mascagni’s Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana); and Strauss’s Nurse (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Herodias (...