Thursday, January 8, 2009

Deborah Riedel

It is a sad day at San Diego Opera with news that soprano Deborah Riedel had died of breast cancer. She would have been 51 in July.

Deborah made her US debut with us in 1994 as Amina in La sonnambula with Ramon Vargas, returned as Adina in The Elixir of Love (1996), Violetta in La traviata (1997), Alice in Falstaff (1999) and Anna in Don Giovanni (2000), which is where this picture of Deborah is taken from.

She went on to sing at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera.

Her career took her to Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra National de Paris, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra de Bordeaux, Aix en Provence, Opera di Roma, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, the Royal Opera Covent Garden, and many other top houses.

She made several recordings, including some lovely operetta highlight CD’s with Jerry Hadley and Richard Bonynge.

The Australian has a wonderful profile on her that you can read here.
-- Edward

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