Covid claims eminent US soprano

Covid claims eminent US soprano


norman lebrecht

April 18, 2020

Opera magazine reports the death of Arlene Saunders, an American member of Hamburg’s ⁦Staatsoper company who sang on many major stages. She was 89 and died of Covid-19.

She sang Eva at the Metropolitan Opera in Die Meistersinger in 1976. She also appeared at La Scala, Covent Garden, Paris, Vienna, Rome and Buenos Aires.


  • olivia nordstadt says:

    a lovely woman with a lovely voice; she was a mainstay of rolf liebermann’s hamburg ensemble in the late 1960s and early 1970s where she triumphed above all in strauss and wagner; she will be fondly remembered by those who were lucky enough to hear and see her

  • Charles Clark-Maxwell says:

    The obituary in this week’s Economist mag was of a music producer who died aged 64 of Covid-19

  • Mario Lutz says:

    She performed at the Colón theater, Buenos Aires, as Minnie in “LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST” 1979, Santuzza in “CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA” 1980 and La Mariscala in “Der Rosenkavalier”, 1985.
    This occasion was her farewell to the stage.

  • Edward Bobulsky says:

    I remember her fondly from high school at Lincoln High in Cleveland. Knew she was bound for stardom.