A radiant American soprano has died of cancer

A radiant American soprano has died of cancer


norman lebrecht

March 28, 2015

Judith Kellock died today.

A pupil of Jan DeGaetani, she performed with leading US orchestras, was a regular at the Aspen Festival and appeared with opera companies in Italy and Greece.

Judith was a popular teacher at Cornell University and a patron of young composers.

judith kellock

UPDATE: Cornell tribute here.


  • D'Anna Fortunato says:

    Such a sad thought to know that this exquisite voice is now silence. Such an important exponent of Contemporary Music . RIP,Judith !

  • Christopher Purdy says:

    Thank you for noting this Norman. She was an exquisite artist and a very nice lady.

  • Myra Kovary says:

    What a terrible loss to this world! In addition to being a phenomenal musician and teacher, Judith was exceptionally kind-hearted and generous of spirit. Even though our paths crossed only once in awhile, I will miss her dearly. Just knowing that she was in the wings gave me hope and comfort. She excelled as a musician, as a singer, in nurturing the growth of other musicians, and in sharing her wisdom and talent on the stage and off. May she rest in peace.

  • Susan Narucki says:

    I am so shocked to hear of Judy’s death. She was a wonderful person and an exquisite singer and musician, and a tireless advocate for the music of our time. Rest in peace, Judy – we will miss you.

  • JANE STRUSS says:

    I too am shocked to hear that Judy has died. We were colleagues and friends for years in Boston. She was an amazing musician and so wonderful to work with. I missed her a lot after she went to Cornell and even though I saw her rarely, I knew that she was alive and in the world. And now not and that is so sad. Requiescat in pace, Judy.

  • kathryn carlson says:

    How sad to have lost such a wonderful singer and teacher! She lived in my building in Jk.Hts.,NY. but I did not know her well. my condolences, Sincerely, Kathy