Faull, Ellen (Hartla)
- Thor Eckert Jr.
(b Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 14, 1918; d Camas, WA, Dec 2, 2008). American soprano. After studying at the Curtis Institute and Columbia University, she became a leading singer of the New York City Opera, making her debut there in 1947 as Donna Anna and singing leading roles with the company until 1978. Notable performances included roles in the premiere of Beeson’s Lizzie Borden (1965), the New York premiere of Douglas Moore’s Carry Nation (1968) and the American premiere of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s I quatro rusteghi (1951); among her traditional roles were Countess Almaviva, Leonora (Il trovatore), and Butterfly. She performed with most of the important American opera companies. Her attractive voice was able to spin out long, limpid phrases in Verdi, yet also to deliver the vehement coloratura of Donna Anna’s music with fire and meaning. She also taught voice privately and as a faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College, the Manhattan School, and the Juilliard School. ...