"Soprano Doria" was the crossword puzzle clue that Elena Doria kept framed in her kitchen. Opera diva, teacher, mentor, and philanthropist, Elena Doria died suddenly, but peacefully, at home on July 27th, 2016. Elena spent almost 50 years at the Metropolitan Opera, first as a member of the chorus and then as the Director of the Children's Chorus. Elena was born Elsie Marie Goldberg in Providence Rhode Island to Samuel Benedict Goldberg and Elsie Hamburger Goldberg. She quickly took the world by storm moving to Italy, where she sang leading roles and studied as a Fulbright Scholar. Upon return from Italy, she sang professionally throughout the America's and finally settled down in New York City when she joined the Met. Elena loved teaching and especially loved teaching children how to sing, how to conduct themselves professionally and how to act on stage. She was generous with both her time and supported many charities. Elena often spoke about the happiness that she was experiencing later in life. Upon retirement from the Met, Elena began to audit college courses at both Columbia University and John Jay College and devoted Saturdays to teaching the visually impaired at The Lighthouse Guild's Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School. Elena's work with the children's chorus at the Metropolitan Opera garnered her features in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, and as a feature on CBS's 60 Minutes. Elena is survived by her brother Philip Dorian, niece Joan Kopels, nephews Martin Gertsakov and Philip S. Dorian, grand niece Carolina Dorian, grand nephew Peter Samuel Dorian as well as a many loving friends, colleagues and students. Anyone interested in being notified of a future memorial should email [email protected]
Published by New York Times on Jul. 30, 2016.