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Rosalind Elias

Rosalind Elias

Mezzo-Soprano

Rosalind Elias was born into a large Lebanese-American family in Massachusetts and studied first at the New England Conservatory and (after several years of operatic work in her home state) at Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In 1954 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Wagner’s Die Walküre (as Grimgerde), marking the beginning of a long association with the theatre which would amount to almost 700 performances over the next few decades, including roles in the premieres of two operas by Samuel Barber: Erika in Vanessa (1958) and Charmian in Antony and Cleopatra (a live recording of this performance is included on The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met Performances from 1966-7, released in 2016 on the Met’s own label). Other key roles included Laura La Gioconda, Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, Amneris in Aida, and the title-roles in Carmen and La cenerentola.

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