Beverly Sills


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(b Brooklyn, NY, 1929; d NY, 2007).

Amer. soprano and opera administrator. Child performer on radio and later in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Opera début Philadelphia 1947 (Frasquita in Carmen). S. Francisco 1953; NY City Opera 1955; Vienna 1967; Milan 1969; CG 1970; NY Met 1975. Outstanding in coloratura roles. Retired from singing 1980. Dir., NY City Opera 1979–89. Chairman, Lincoln Center, NY, 1994–2002, Chairman NY Met 2002–5. Autobiographies: Bubbles: A Self‐portrait (NY 1976, rev. 1981 as Bubbles: An Encore), and Beverly: An Autobiography (NY 1987).

Subjects: Opera.

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