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SHIRLEY VERRETT

Obituary
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VERRETT--Shirley. The Metropolitan Opera mourns the death of the great American singer Shirley Verrett. Acclaimed both in mezzo-soprano and soprano roles, she sang 126 performances with the company between 1968 and 1990. Verrett made her Met debut in the title role of Carmen and earned accolades for her unique artistry in a wide range of roles that included Eboli, Azucena, Tosca, and Dalila. Her versatility allowed her to make Met history by singing both Adalgisa and Norma in Bellini's Norma in the same season. In the Met premiere of Berlioz's Les Troyens, she was heard as both Cassandra and Dido in one evening. We offer our sincerest condolences to her family and friends. Peter Gelb, General Manager James Levine, Music Director

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 8, 2010
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