There is deep sadness this morning at the death of Sally Silver, also known as Silver Sally.
She was an immensely popular soprano with English Touring Opera, and elsewhere. Raised in South Africa, she sang at ENO, Scottish Opera, Metz, Moscow and Nederlandse Reisopera.
Her husband, Jeremy Silver, is an international conductor. Emily Gottlieb, chief executive of the National Opera Studio, has circulated this notice:
I am afraid I have some sad news to share. Jeremy Silver’s wife, Sally, died yesterday morning, after a long battle with a terminal brain tumour. Sally was a regular visitor to the NOS, a great supporter of the Studio, and especially of her husband. We last saw her at a performance of 12:40, which she said she wasn’t going to miss. She loved sharing in the development of young singers and many of you will know she was herself a wonderful singer and artist. She was incredibly brave in the face of her illness, with a fortitude and openness about her situation that we all admired greatly. She will be enormously missed, by her family, her collaborators and her great number of friends.
Sally, who was just 50 years old, is survived by Jeremy and by their daughter Charlotte.