(May 25, 1929 – July 2, 2007)
Beverly Sills was an American coloratura soprano whose career peaked between the 1950s and 1970s. In her prime she was likened to Joan Sutherland as a leading bel canto stylist.
Her repertoire extended from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet, Verdi and Wagner.
Known for her performances in coloratura soprano roles both in live opera as well as recordings, Beverly Sills was largely identified with the operas of Donizetti, which she performed and recorded many times.
Her signature roles included Lucia in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor", Manon in Massenet's "Manon", Marie in Donizetti's "La Fille du Regiment", the three heroines in Offenbach's "Les Contes d'Hoffmann", Rosina in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville", and Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata".
Here Beverly Sills is pictured as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata.
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