Opera singer Maria Ewing, who performed in Carmen and Salome in particular, was memorable on January 9 at the age of 71 in her Detroit home, the BBC reported.
As her family has confirmed to different US media, the renowned soprano Maria Ewing passed away this Sunday, at the age of 71. No cause of death has been given at this time.
The mother of actress Rebecca Hall, the former wife of director Sir Peter Hall, was a highly talented artist in her own right. She has performed at the Royal Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, among others.
“She was a remarkably talented artist who, with the mere help of her singing talent and willpower, catapulted himself to the hard-to-reach heights of international opera,” the family writes in a statement.
Born of a Dutch mother and an African American father, Ewing was born in 1950 in Detroit as the youngest of four sisters. She became known primarily for her natural way of performing and her voice. She himself said this:
“Singing is the means, but it’s what you’re delivering that really matters.”
In a BBC interview in 1990, she was asked why he became a singer: “It was decided in a way for me. It was my mother who said to me: You have a good voice, you should start something with it! “I just had no choice,” she added.
She made her debut in 1973 at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois. She performed on the stage of the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1976 in the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s marriage to Figaro.
She sang both soprano and mezzo-soprano roles. Her repertoire of frequently played pieces from as Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, or Tosca spread of the rare works of concert processed as Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Ravel Sheherazadéja.
The artist died at her home in Detroit on Sunday, Jan. 9.