More sadness: US mezzo dies of rapid cancer

More sadness: US mezzo dies of rapid cancer


norman lebrecht

November 15, 2016

We regret to share news of the death of Elender Wall, a Berlin-based mezzo-soprano from San Francisco.

Elender had been open about her cancer and very positive, but a few weeks ago she learned that it had spread to her back, liver and lungs.  Two days ago she was hospitalised with an infection and today she died.

Aside from opera roles, she attracted media attention for a song cycle titled  The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld.

Our condolences to her fiance, Chris, and many friends.



  • Jim Meredith says:

    Elender was a wonderful human being and a terrific artist…. I was lucky to have her as soloist in Libby Larsen’s “Hell’s Belles” when Sonos Handbell Ensemble toured the work with an NEA grant in the US. I was a friend and frequent collaborator with this delightful Elender.

  • Sue says:

    Absolutely hideous story.

  • Patricia Forbes says:

    Elender was one of the loveliest, most supportive, generous and kind people I’ve ever known. She was loved and admired by all who met her. May the vibrant zest she had for life inspire us to to live our lives more fully. Rest in peace, my dearest friend <3

  • Jeannine Altmeyer says:

    Goodbye my beautiful friend! Stilled stunned and so sad.

  • jim strope says:

    i know elender and her mom ellen. very sad news.

  • Leslie Simon says:

    Talented, beautiful, brilliant and charming. A bright spirit taken much too soon.