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27 December 2010

Frances Ginsberg, 55, Soprano of Striking Temperament, Has Died

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Frances Ginsberg
St. Louis, MO, March 11, 1955 — Riverdale, NY, December 24, 2010 

Frances Ginsberg, a lirico-spinto soprano of striking temperament whose vivid style made her an audience favorite at New York City Opera and other U.S. companies in the 1980s and '90s, has died.

Ginsberg studied at Lyric Opera of Chicago and in Italy before making her 1986 debut at New York City Opera in the dual role of Margherita/Elena in Boito's Mefistofele. Subsequent NYCO roles included Violetta, Mimì and Donna Elvira in the premiere of Harold Prince's 1989 staging of Don Giovanni.

Ginsberg's repertory ranged from Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus — the role of her Metropolitan Opera debut, in 1990 — to Donna Anna, Cio-Cio-San, Tosca, Norma, Magda in La Rondine and Nedda in Pagliacci, as well as a number of Verdi heroines that she took on as her voice grew in size and richness — Aida, Abigaille, Lady Macbeth, Amelia, Desdemona, Elvira in Ernani and Leonora in Il Trovatore.

In 1989, Ginsberg was Alice in Robert le Diable for Opera Orchestra of New York, where she had been a member of the Young Artists program in her early career; the following summer, she appeared in Live from Lincoln Center's telecast of the Mostly Mozart Festival's concert presentation of The Impresario. Ginsberg also sang with Santa Fe Opera — where she appeared in the American premiere of Nino Rota's The Italian Straw Hat in 1977 — Houston Grand Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Washington Opera, Cincinnati Opera, San Diego Opera, Utah Opera, L'Opera de Nice, Royal Opera de Wallonie Liège, Madrid's Teatro Calderon, New Israeli Opera, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera, among other companies.

A longtime resident of Milan, Ginsberg died of ovarian cancer. spacer 

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