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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian opera singer Roxana Briban who sang in Bucharest, Berlin and Bangkok during a 10-year-career, has died in an apparent suicide, her husband said. She was 39.

Alexandru Briban said he found Roxana Briban's dead body in the bathtub late Saturday, with her wrists slit.

Bogdan Staicu, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Bucharest said "at this moment, there is no suspicion that she was killed by somebody else," but an investigation is ongoing.

Briban said Sunday his wife had sunk into depression after the Bucharest National Opera severed her contract in 2009.

"She wanted to sing, even without being paid," he told Mediafax news agency.

From 2003 until 2010, Briban also performed at the Vienna State Opera but her collaboration ended after Ioan Holender, the Romanian-born director stepped down this year after an 18-year tenure there.

Holender told Romanian daily Adevarul on Monday that Briban had unspecified problems with her voice and was depressed.

Bucharest-born Briban began to sing aged 6. She debuted in 2000 at the Bucharest National Opera, in her first role as Contessa in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro." In 2003, she performed in Bizet's "Carmen" as Michaela in Vienna, which launched her international career. She also performed in Berlin, Toulouse, Amsterdam, Seoul, Bangkok and Santiago, Chile.

Days before her death, Briban posted an image of a bloodied hand from "Madame Butterfly" on the social networking site Facebook, which was an omen of her death, her husband said. On the morning of the day when she was found dead, Briban had also posted on Facebook a film of Giuseppi Verdi's "La Traviata" where she plays the role of Violetta, who dies of tuberculosis.

Briban said she scribbled a short note which she left on her computer keyboard saying "Forgive me. Yours, Roxana."

Briban claimed the National Opera had told her she had to stop her performances in Vienna if she wanted to continue singing in Bucharest, something she refused to do.

Opera director Catalin Ionescu Arbore denied the allegations, saying her husband's comments were made "in the state of shock that we all are in."

She will be buried on Tuesday.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press
Published in Wichita Eagle on Nov. 22, 2010.
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June 5, 2017
Valenda Newell
November 20, 2013
God with you ...
June 21, 2011
Sorry to see that even though you had so much talent that you also had so much pain. I hope you have found the peace you were searching for. I hope wherever you are that it is full of the radiance of your wonderful singing. May you sing for eternity with adoring angels praising your voice.
James Wohlever
April 7, 2011
Opera At its Best!
May Her Memory Be Eternal.
Fr. Nicholas V. Gamvas
January 28, 2011
Roxanne Wetzler
December 9, 2010
Our sincere condolences to the family. May your memories bring you comfort and strength during this difficult time.

(2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
Jones Family
December 2, 2010
El va înghi?i moartea pentru totdeauna. Domnul S uveran Iehova va sterge lacrimile de pe toate fe?ele. Va înlatura de pe tot pamântul dispretul poporului sau, caci Iehova a vorbit. -Isaia 25:8
November 29, 2010
We are so very sorry to read of your GREAT loss, please accept our deepest sympathy. "Almighty God is our refuge and strength. A help that is readily to be found during distress". (Psalms 46:1)
The Lewis Family
November 29, 2010
To the Briban Family,

I am so sorry for the sudden loss of such a talented and beautiful person like a Mrs.Briban. This has to be a very hard time for you all, so I just wanted to share some comfort from Psalms 34:18-"God is near to those broken at heart..."

You can feel that Death can leave a heartache that nothing can heal, just know that Love can leave a memory that no one can steal.

The Grant Family
November 29, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful woman. May God be with you and with your family and friends by your side will help see you through this difficult time. Just cherish the memories that you have of her. She will be singing for you no matter where you are and will be in your hearts forever.
Faye Moore
November 27, 2010
God is near to those broken hearted
and to those who are crushed in spirit
he saves. May you draw strength from
God who supplies us with comfort as you
go through this arduous time.
Tucker family
November 27, 2010
we are so sorry for your loss. It is a comfort to know that God himself understands this tragedy and He promises to rid this sadness according to (Revelation 21:3,4)
Steve Arauz
November 26, 2010
Feel free to ask God "Why" because He is concerned and knows your grief! One so young is called a legend, meaning an endless figure of time. She will live on in your hearts!
November 26, 2010
Sincere condoleante ,Alexandru!
November 26, 2010
On behalf of my colleagues at WCNY Classic FM, our condolences for your loss. May Roxana rest in peace and sing with the angels.
Marie Lamb
November 25, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, please accept my condolences. During this dufficult time do find comfort in God's promise at John 5:28,29. Meanwhile may the God of comfort be with you.
Gwen Willis
November 24, 2010
Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time that you are going through.
Justine Taylor
November 24, 2010
I will pray that you find the peace you need and where ever you are they are enjoying your beautiful voice.
Cynthia Gonzales
November 24, 2010
Pentru totdeauna glasul tau va fi in inima mea, te-ai mei romani frumos cinta pasari. Du-te in rai si umbla cu Dumnezeu. My Sympathy & Prayers to the Family!
John G Evon
November 24, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss may the God of all comfort and tender mercies be with you in your time of grief.
Shirley Griffin
November 23, 2010
Sorry to read that your dear wife Roxana have fallen asleep in death. May the wonderful memories of "Roxana" remain in your heart.May the love of God comfort and sustain you now and in days ahead.
November 23, 2010
Rest in peace Beautiful one.
Christine Parker
November 23, 2010
I never heard her voice but, she is singing loudly and beautifully. Stay strong our prayers are with you and her family.
Bettina Lee
November 23, 2010
It is really sad for someone to be so talented and young to have to die so young,God bless you Roxana,may you sing in heaven to my son Matthew. Andrea Decatur IL
Andrea Lewin
November 23, 2010
I am very sad to hear this. A beautiful voice and person has left us. May she find peace.
Michael Marino
November 23, 2010
November 23, 2010
I am so very sorry for your loss. She was such a young woman. I hope that your memories of her life give your a measure of comfort now and in the near future. Also ver comforting are the words of Palm 147:3 He is healing the brokenhearted ones, And binding up their painful spots."
K. Henderson
November 23, 2010
Roxana may find peace, she is now singing with the angels in heaven, and her audience is joyful!
November 23, 2010
Dear Roxana, in this moment I remember the "Libera me" from Verdi's Messa da Requiem we performed together in 2007 at Rome St. Paolo fuori le mura...peace to you!
Ulrich Walddoerfer
November 22, 2010
God bless Roxana and all those who loved her.
Sheila Smith
November 22, 2010
I am sorry for your great loss. Roxana was a beautiful woman. God has made many promises and all of the he will fulfill. He is a God who cannot lie. I am convinced that if we remain faithful to God, we will “get a firm hold on the real life,” everlasting life in his promised new system of things.
November 22, 2010
So sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort with the lord. God Bless you.
L Pruitt
November 22, 2010
I Am so very sorry you have to say goodbye to your loved one.
Mrs Miller
November 22, 2010
November 22, 2010
My deepest condolence to family and friends. Death,it brings deep and lasting pain. God who supplies Endurance and Comfort to grieving parents and friends we need to know that Jehovah God will sustain you. He promises at John5:28 "The hour is coming in whuch all those in the momerial tombs will hear his voice [Jesus] and come out, those that did good things to resurrection to life.
Andrea L
November 22, 2010
God Bless and may you continue to sing in heaven forever ...
November 22, 2010
My condolences go out to the family & friends of Ms. Roxana Briban. May you find some comfort in that "God is near to those that are broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirit He saves" - PSALMS 34:18
November 22, 2010
Truely A Musicial Angel! GuitarmanRKF
Rod Flint
November 22, 2010
Joy to love
Joy to be loved..
Yet in between
Sorrow ends
inside one
Our Condolences..
Victoria&Andrew VZj
November 22, 2010
Although she is gone, her voice will be heard in heaven forever, My deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Carolyn Lambert
November 22, 2010
To the the family of Roxana Briban - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that Pat will be missed by many.
R Golay
November 22, 2010
We can never prepare ourselves for a love one's death; no matter the circumstances it always catches us unprepared. You have your memories to help ease the pain of your lost. Please accept my deepest consolences. May God be with you.
November 22, 2010
Very sad that someone so talented has departured this world. You can sing in heaven now Roxana. God Bless you.
November 22, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
November 22, 2010
God Bless You Sweet Angel.
David J Bhaltazhar Esq
November 22, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
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