Friends have informed us of the death of Eva Ganizate, a popular and talented French soprano who was at the start of an international career.
Eva had gone to the Yonne region for a short break to celebrate her birthday. She was out cycling with a friend on Saturday when she was hit by a car on a two-lane road at La Belliole, between Saint-Valérien and Domats, and died on the spot.
A popular student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she appeared last year as Lisette (La Rondine) at Nancy, conducted by José Cura, Mimi (La Bohème) at Huddersfield Town Hall, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at Dortmund, Eurydice (Orphée aux Enfers) in Paris and Amsterdam, Clorinda (La Cenerentola) at the Britten Theatre in London and Daphne (Euridice) for British Youth Opera.
She had been due to appear this month at the Monnaie in Brusels in Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Poulenc), starting January 16.
Our profound sympathies to her family and many friends.
UPDATE: First tribute here.