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Norman Mittleman


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Norman Mittleman

Palm Desert - Norman Mittleman died March 17, 2019 at his home in Palm Desert after a long battle with COPD and heart ailments. He was born on May 25, 1932 in Winnipeg, Canada. He was the son of the late Harry and Sarah Mittleman. and preceded in death by his two sisters, Lillian and Sybil. Survived by his loving wife Barbara, daughters Monica and Mara, stepsons James Rieger (Carol), William Rieger (Jenni), Thomas Rieger (Dana), and grandchildren Alan and Kimberly. Norman was a world famous opera singer. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He performed at every major opera house in Europe and the Americas. He lived in Switzerland for many years before coming to California. In Palm Springs he was artistic director of the Opera Showcase of the Desert and on the board of the Palm Springs Opera Guild. In Rancho Mirage he had a wonderful restaurant, Venezia, where he sang to the delight of the patrons. He was by all accounts a force of nature, a big presence in every respect on stage and in life. He will be greatly missed by everyone.
Published in The Desert Sun on Mar. 22, 2019
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