Licia Albanese Dies

Lucia Albanese has passed away.(Photo: Lucia Albanese)

I hope I’m not the kiss of death for elderly opera stars. I wrote about the great tenor Carlo Bergonzi recently on his 90th birthday…and he died! I interviewed the wonderful sopranos Licia Albanese in 2007-and last week she died!

OK,  Signor Bergonzi was 90 and had been ailing. Madame Albanese was 105! Seriously!

Here she is in 1985-still quite young, in a concert performance of Sondheim’s Follies with the New York Philharmonic.

At 4:58:

Here she is in signature opera, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

And finally, a tribute to a great lady and a great artist:

Here’s a link to my 2007 interview with the lady.

You bet I fell in love with her. You would have, too!