Category Archives: Opera

Helen Rice, 89, left Broadway behind for love, family and opera in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS – Helen Rice of Minneapolis saw it all as a gifted soprano: performing on Broadway, mingling among stage stars — with a little bit of murder and devoted love thrown in. After graduating in 1945 with a sociology degree

Helen Rice, 89, left Broadway behind for love, family and opera in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS – Helen Rice of Minneapolis saw it all as a gifted soprano: performing on Broadway, mingling among stage stars — with a little bit of murder and devoted love thrown in. After graduating in 1945 with a sociology degree

Acclaimed South African opera star Elizabeth Connell, 65, sang nearly every female Wagner role

LONDON – Elizabeth Connell, who has died aged 65, was a South African-born Wagnerian soprano who sang in the first performance at Sydney Opera House in 1973; after overcoming British prejudice against white South Africans during her country’s apartheid era

Acclaimed South African opera star Elizabeth Connell, 65, sang nearly every female Wagner role

LONDON – Elizabeth Connell, who has died aged 65, was a South African-born Wagnerian soprano who sang in the first performance at Sydney Opera House in 1973; after overcoming British prejudice against white South Africans during her country’s apartheid era

Camilla Williams, 92, may have been first black woman to sing with major opera company

(From The Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind., on Jan. 31, 2012.) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Legendary opera singer Camilla Williams was in failing health when her friends and colleagues Charles Webb and two-time Grammy winner Sylvia McNair stopped by her Bloomington apartment to

Camilla Williams, 92, may have been first black woman to sing with major opera company

(From The Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind., on Jan. 31, 2012.) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Legendary opera singer Camilla Williams was in failing health when her friends and colleagues Charles Webb and two-time Grammy winner Sylvia McNair stopped by her Bloomington apartment to