The soprano who opened the Sydney Opera House

Eilene Hannan, who sang Natasha in the production of Prokofiev’s War and Peace that inauguarated the great shell-shape in the sea, has died at the age of 68. She went on to repeat the role in London and at the Met.

A much-loved colleague, her international career encompassed the roles of Rusalka, Pamina, Susanna, Cherubino, Dorabella, Zerlina,  Lauretta , Mimì, Tatyana, Mélisande, Micaela, Blanche, Léïla, Kát’a Kabanová, Jenůfa, The Vixen, Eboli, Pat Nixon (Nixon in China), the Governess, Sieglinde, Venus, Marzelline, Oscar, Salome , and Poppea.

In recent years, she was a much sought-after teacher. Many will mourn Eilene’s passing.

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