France mourns dramatic soprano, 96

France mourns dramatic soprano, 96


norman lebrecht

September 18, 2023

Diapason reports the death of Suzanne Sarroca, a dominant figure at the Opéra over four decades.

Starting out as a mezzo, singing Carmen and Charlotte, she became Tosca in 1951 and remained a soprano for quarter of a century before reverting back to mezzo.

She sang mostly in France, Belgium and Switzerland, with two spells at Covent Garden, in 1958-59 and 1964–65.


  • Louy says:

    And Salzburg.

  • AndrewB says:

    Suzanne Sarocca was loved by her public and well respected by her colleagues. A great Tosca , Aida and many roles besides. There is a complete live performance with her as Balkis in La Reine de Saba which is well worth hearing. A long life well lived.

  • Dougfrance says:

    I am just learning about the French sopranos. They seem more melodic and Dessay and Petibon are great actors. This is another.