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LEAR--Evelyn. The Metropolitan Opera mourns the death of American soprano Evelyn Lear, who made her company debut in our first season at Lincoln Center, singing in the world premiere of David Martin Levy's Mourning Becomes Electra in 1967. Her Met repertoire encompassed a unique variety of roles that highlighted her astounding versatility, including the title role in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (the only performances of the work in Met history), Countess Geschwitz in Berg's Lulu, the Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, and both Octavian and the Marschallin in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. She was an esteemed colleague at the Met and in her retirement a tireless teacher and advocate for young singers. We offer our sincere condolences to her children, grandchildren, and her many friends and admirers. Peter Gelb, General Manager James Levine, Music Director

Published in The New York Times on July 4, 2012
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