Sad passing of soprano Jane Manningmain
Jane Manning, a prodigious and vivacious soprano who maintained an indefatigable advocacy for contemporary music, has died at 82.
She enjoyed a 45-year marriage to the composer Anthony Payne, who survives her.
Among many premieres, she sang the role of of Max in Oliver Knussen’s opera Where the Wild Things Are. In all, she gave the first performance of more than 350 works, among them important modernities by Harrison Birtwistle, Richard Rodney Bennett, Judith Weir and her husband.