OPERA NEWS - Maureen Forrester, One of the Twentieth Century's Great Contraltos, has Died
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17 June 2010

Maureen Forrester, One of the Twentieth Century's Great Contraltos, has Died 

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MAUREEN FORRESTER
Montreal, Canada, July 25, 1930 — Toronto, Canada, June 16, 2010

Contralto Maureen Forrester, a beloved artist in her native Canada and throughout the classical music world, died on Wednesday after a long illness.

Celebrated principally for her work in recital and on the concert stage, where she was a peerless Mahler interpreter, Forrester was a prodigious musician admired by such conductors as Bruno Walter, Fritz Reiner, Herbert von Karajan, Eugene Ormandy, Charles Munch, Igor Markevitch, Bernard Haitink, Leonard Bernstein, Mario Bernardi and Seiji Ozawa.

Among Forrester’s international opera engagements were Cornelia in Tito Capobianco’s 1966 staging of Julius Caesar at New York City Opera; La Cieca (1967), Monteverdi’s Arnalta (1975, 1981) and Mme. de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon (1982) at San Francisco Opera; and the Old Countess in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades at Festival Ottawa (1976, 1979), La Scala (1990) and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1991).

Forrester made her Met debut in April 1975, as Erda in Das Rheingold, and sang the Siegfried Erda and Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera with the company later the same year. spacer

A full obituary of Maureen Forrester will appear in the September issue of OPERA NEWS.  

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