The heroic coloratura soprano Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick died yesterday after a long struggle with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension. She was 36 years old.
Charity maintained her international career through a double-lung transplant, inspiring colleagues and audiences with her positive attitude. Her roles included Violetta and Gilda, and she performed with Zoltán Kocsis, Éva Marton, Condoleeza Rice, and many others.
She wrote a book, The Encore, about her experiences.
You might like to watch her brilliant TED talk.