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Beverly Sills
Background information
Born May 25, 1929, Brooklyn, New York
Died July 2, 2007, New York, New York
Genre(s) Opera, Classical Music
Occupation(s) soprano opera singer + [arts administrator]
Instrument(s) Voice
Years active 1933 - 1980

Beverly Sills (May 25, 1929July 2, 2007), born Belle Miriam Silverman, was perhaps the best-known American opera singer in the 1960s and 1970s. She was famous for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in operas around the world and on recordings. After retiring in 1980, she became the general manager of the New York City Opera. Later, in 1994, she became the Chairman of Lincoln Center and then, in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera. Sills used her celebrity to further her charity work for the prevention and treatment of birth defects. At its 1981 commencement ceremonies, Barnard College awarded Sills its highest honor, the Barnard Medal of Distinction. She will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.[1] She was also a recipient of the highly prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... // The following is a list of notable deaths in 2007. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... NY redirects here. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... NY redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... This article discusses classical music in the first sense (see below). ... Look up soprano in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... A singer is a musician who uses his or her voice to produce music. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... Coloratura is an old word meaning colouring. ... Look up soprano in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza New York State Theater The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, interior, as seen from the stage The New York City Opera (NYCO) is based in Philip Johnsons New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Józef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ... A congenital disorder is a medical condition or defect that is present at or before birth (for example, congenital heart disease). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Barnard College, founded in 1889, is one of the four undergraduate divisions of Columbia University. ... The following is a list of notable alumnae and faculty from Barnard College. ... The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is an organization located in Lake Grove, New York. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


Sills underwent successful surgery for cancer in 1974, [2] but succumbed to an aggressive form of lung cancer on July 2, 2007 despite never smoking[3]. She was 78 years old. is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

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Life and career

Sills was born to first generation immigrants of Ukrainian and Romanian Jewish background as Belle Miriam Silverman. She was raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she was known, among friends, as "Bubbles" Silverman. As a child, she spoke Yiddish, Russian, Romanian, French and English[1]. For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ...


Early career

At the age of three, Sills won a "Miss Beautiful Baby" contest, in which she sang "The Wedding of Jack and Jill". Beginning at age four, she performed professionally on the Saturday morning radio program, "Rainbow House," as "Bubbles" Silverman. Sills began taking singing lessons with Estelle Liebling at the age of seven and a year later sang in the short film Uncle Sol Solves It (filmed August 1937, released June 1938 by Educational Pictures), by which time she had adopted her stage name, Beverly Sills. Liebling encouraged her to audition for CBS Radio's Major Bowes' Amateur Hour, and on October 26, 1939 at the age of 10, Sills was the winner of that week's program. Bowes then asked her to appear on his Capital Family Hour, a weekly variety show. Her first appearance was on November 19, 1939, the 17th anniversary of the show, and she appeared frequently on the program thereafter.[4] Estelle Liebling (Born April 21, 1880 - 1970) was a vocal coach who taught singing using the three register method. ... Educational Pictures (or Educational Film Exchanges, Inc. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1945, Sills made her professional stage debut with a Gilbert and Sullivan touring company and sang operetta for several years. In 1947, she made her operatic stage debut as the Spanish gypsy Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen with the Philadelphia Civic Opera. She toured North America with the Charles Wagner Opera Company, in the fall of 1951 singing Violetta in La Traviata and, in the fall of 1952, singing Micaëla in Carmen. On September 15, 1953, she made her debut with the San Francisco Opera as Helen of Troy in Boito's Mefistofele and also sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni the same season. On October 29, 1955, she first appeared with the New York City Opera as Rosalinde in Strauss's Die Fledermaus, which received critical praise. Her reputation expanded with her performance of the title role in the New York premiere of Douglas Stuart Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe in 1958. W. S. Gilbert Arthur Sullivan Librettist William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911) and composer Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842–1900) collaborated on a series of fourteen comic operas in Victorian England between 1871 and 1896. ... Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ... Georges Bizet Georges Bizet (October 25, 1838 – June 3, 1875) was a French composer and pianist of the romantic era. ... Poster from the 1875 premiere of Carmen Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet. ... La traviata, an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, takes as its basis the novel La dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils, published in 1848. ... Poster from the 1875 premiere of Carmen Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... San Francisco Opera (SFO) is the second largest opera company in North America. ... Arrigo Boito (February 24, 1842 – June 10, 1918) was an Italian poet, successful journalist, novelist and composer, best known today for his opera libretti and his own opera, Mefistofele. ... Don Giovanni (K.527; complete title: Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni, literally The Rake Punishd, or Don Giovanni) is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. ... October 29 is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza New York State Theater The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, interior, as seen from the stage The New York City Opera (NYCO) is based in Philip Johnsons New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. ... Johann Strauss is the name of three famous Austrian composers: Johann Strauss I (1804-1849), composer, popularizer of the waltz Johann Strauss II (1825-1899), composer, son of Johann I, known as the Waltz King Johann Strauss III (1866-1939), composer, son of Eduard Strauss See also: Strauss This is... Scene from the 1984 version. ... Douglas Stuart Moore (August 10, 1893 - July 25, 1969) was an American composer, educator, and author. ... The Ballad of Baby Doe is an opera by the American composer Douglas Moore, and was premiered at the Central City Opera (Colorado), in 1956. ...


On November 17, 1956, Sills married journalist Peter Greenough, of the Cleveland, Ohio newspaper The Plain Dealer, who had three children from a previous marriage, and moved to Cleveland. She had two children with Greenough, Meredith ("Muffy") in 1959 and Peter, Jr. ("Bucky") in 1961. Upon learning that Muffy was virtually deaf and Peter was mentally disabled, she restricted her schedule in order to care for them. 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Peter Greenough (February 6, 1917 – September 6, 2006) was an American journalist and editor. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... The Plain Dealer is the major daily newspaper of Cleveland, Ohio. ...


In 1960, Sills and her family moved to Milton, Massachusetts, near Boston. In 1962, Sills sang the title role in Massenet's Manon for the Opera Company of Boston, the first of many roles with Sarah Caldwell. In January 1964, she sang her first Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute for Caldwell. Although Sills drew critical praise for her coloratura technique and for her performance, she was not fond of the role. She noted that she often spent the time between the two arias and the finale addressing holiday cards. Milton is a suburban Boston town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Jules Massenet Jules (Émile Frédéric) Massenet (May 12, 1842 – August 13, 1912) was a French composer. ... Manon is an opera in five acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by Abbé Prévost. ... The Opera Company of Boston was founded by the American conductor Sarah Caldwell in Boston, Massachusetts in 1958. ... Sarah Caldwell (March 6, 1924 – March 23, 2006) was a notable American opera conductor and opera company director. ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (IPA: , baptized Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart) (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. ... Die Zauberflöte (en: The Magic Flute) is an opera in two acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. ...


Peak singing years

In 1966, the New York City Opera revived Handel's then virtually unknown opera seria Giulio Cesare (with Norman Treigle as Cæsar), and Sills' performance as Cleopatra made her an international opera star. Sills also made her "unofficial" Met debut in its "Opera in the Parks" program as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, though nothing further came of this other than offers from Rudolf Bing for roles such as Flotow's Martha. In subsequent seasons at the NYCO, Sills had great successes in the roles of the Queen of Shemakha in Rimsky-Korsakov's Le Coq d'Or, the title role in Manon, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, and the three female leads Suor Angelica, Giorgetta, and Lauretta in Puccini's trilogy Il Trittico. She also began to make recordings of her operas, first Giulio Cesare then Roberto Devereux, Lucia di Lammermoor, Manon, The Tales of Hoffman and others. The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza New York State Theater The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, interior, as seen from the stage The New York City Opera (NYCO) is based in Philip Johnsons New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. ... George Frideric Handel, 1733 George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) was a German-born British Baroque composer who was a leading composer of concerti grossi, operas and oratorios. ... Opera seria is an Italian musical term which refers to the noble and serious style of Italian opera that predominated in Europe from the 1720s to ca 1770. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Norman Treigle (né Adanelle Wilfred Treigle, on 6 March 1927; died on 16 February 1975) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the fifth and final child of a poor carpenter and his wife. ... Don Giovanni (K.527; complete title: Il dissoluto punito, ossia il Don Giovanni, literally The Rake Punishd, or Don Giovanni) is an opera in two acts with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. ... Martha is an opera in four acts by Friedrich von Flotow to a German libretto by Friedrich Wilhelm Riese, based on the ballet Lady Henriette by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges. ... Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (Russian: , Nikolaj Andreevič Rimskij-Korsakov), also Nikolay, Nicolai, and Rimsky-Korsakoff, (March 6 (O.S. March 18), 1844 – June 8 (O.S. June 21) 1908) was a Russian composer, one of five Russian composers known as The Five, and was later a teacher of harmony and... The Golden Cockerel (Золотой Петушок in Russian, Zolotoy Petushok in transliteration) is an 1834 poem by Alexander Pushkin and an opera in three acts by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to a Russian libretto by Vladimir Ivanovich Belsky based on that poem. ... Gaetano Donizetti Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti (29 November 1797 – 8 April 1848) was a famous Italian opera composer. ... Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico, or opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. ... Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924) was an Italian composer whose operas, including La bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, are among the most frequently performed in the standard repertoire. ... Il trittico (The Triptych) is the title to a collection of three one-act operas, Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi, by Giacomo Puccini. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Roberto Devereux is an opera by Gaetano Donizetti, first performed on October 29, 1837, at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples. ... Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico, or opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. ... Manon is an opera in five acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by Abbé Prévost. ... Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes dHoffmann) is an opera by Jacques Offenbach. ...

Cover of Beverly Sills' recording of Donizetti's three queens as 'Anna Bolena', 'Maria Stuarda', and Elizabeth I in 'Roberto Devereux'.

In 1969, Sills sang Zerbinetta in the American premiere of the 1912 version of Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos with the Boston Symphony. Her performance of the role, especially Zerbinetta's aria, "Grossmächtige Prinzessin," which she sang in the original higher key, won her acclaim. The televised performance is now available. The second major event of the year was her debut as Pamira in Rossini's The Siege of Corinth at La Scala, a success that put her on the cover of Newsweek magazine. Her now high-profile career landed her on the cover of Time magazine in 1971, labeling her as "America's Queen of Opera." The title was appropriate because Sills had purposely limited her overseas engagements because of her family. Her major overseas appearances include debuts at London's Covent Garden, Milan's La Scala and in Naples, the Vienna State Opera, Lausanne in Switzerland, and concerts in Paris. In South America, she sang in the opera houses of Buenos Aires and Santiago, and appeared in several productions in Mexico City, including Lucia di Lammermoor with Luciano Pavarotti. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the German composer of tone-poems and operas. ... Ariadne auf Naxos (Ariadne on Naxos) is an opera by Richard Strauss with libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. ... Portrait Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (February 29, 1792 – November 13, 1868)[1] was an Italian musical composer who wrote more than 30 operas as well as sacred music and chamber music. ... Le Siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth) is an opera in three acts by Gioacchino Rossini to a French libretto by Luigi Balocchi and Alexandre Soumet, based on Maometto II by Cesare della Valle. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, by night. ... Newsweek Logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and Canada. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... The Floral Hall of the Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is a performing arts venue in London. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, by night. ... Vienna State Opera (German: Wiener Staatsoper), located in Vienna, Austria, is one of the most important opera companies in Europe. ... Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico, or opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. ... Luciano Pavarotti (born October 12, 1935) is an Italian lyric tenor who is one of the best known vocal performers in contemporary times, in the world of opera and across multiple musical genres. ...


In April 1975, Sills made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in The Siege of Corinth, receiving an eighteen-minute ovation. Other operas she sang at the Met include La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Thaïs, and Don Pasquale. But Sills also continued to perform for New York City Opera, her home opera house, essaying new roles right up to her retirement, including the leading roles in Rossini's Turk in Italy, Lehár's The Merry Widow and Gian-Carlo Menotti's La Loca, a role written especially for her. The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Józef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ... Don Pasquale is a comic opera (opera buffa) in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. ... Franz Lehár (30 April 1870 - 24 October 1948) was an Austro-Hungarian composer, mainly known for his operettas. ... For the ballet, see The Merry Widow (ballet). ... Gian Carlo Menotti, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1944 Gian Carlo Menotti (born July 7, 1911, Cadegliano, Italy) is an Italian-born American composer and librettist. ...


Although Sills' voice type was characterized as a "lyric coloratura", she took on a number of heavier roles more associated with spinto sopranos as she grew older, including Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia and the same composer's Tudor Queens - Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Roberto Devereux. She was admired in those roles for transcending the lightness of her voice with dramatic interpretation, although it may have come at a cost: Sills later commented that Roberto Devereux "shortened her career by at least four years." Spinto (It. ... Portrait of a Woman by Bartolomeo Veneziano, traditionally assumed to be Lucrezia Borgia. ... Maria Callas as Anna Bolena Anna Bolena is an Italian opera by Gaetano Donizetti. ... Maria Stuarda is an opera by Gaetano Donizetti, first performed on December 30, 1835, at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan. ... Roberto Devereux is an opera by Gaetano Donizetti, first performed on October 29, 1837, at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples. ...


Sills was a frequent recitalist, especially in the final decade of her career. She sang in many mid-size cities and on numerous college concert series, bringing her art to many who might never see her on stage in a fully staged opera. She also sang concerts with a number of symphony orchestras. Sills was perhaps a more important force for popularizing opera than any other singer of her era through her many appearances on talk shows, including those with Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, Mike Douglas and Dinah Shore. Sills even had her own talk show, "Lifestyles with Beverly Sills" on NBC. And in 1979 she appeared on "The Muppet Show." http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_409:_Beverly_Sills A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ... The current version of this article or section is written in an informal style and with a personally invested tone. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore February 29, 1916 - February 24, 1994) was an American singer and actress. ...


Later years and death

In 1978, Sills announced she would retire on October 27, 1980, in a farewell gala at the New York City Opera. In the spring of 1979, she began acting as co-director of NYCO, and became its sole general director as of the fall season of that year, a post she held until 1989, although she remained on the NYCO board until 1991. During her time as general director, Sills helped turn what was then a financially struggling opera company into a viable enterprise. She also devoted herself to various arts causes and such charities as the March of Dimes. is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... March of Dimes official logo March of Dimes is the name of health charities in both the United States and Canada. ...


From 1994 to 2002, Sills was chairman of Lincoln Center. In October 2002, she agreed to serve as chairman of the Metropolitan Opera, for which she had been a board member since 1991. She resigned as Met chairman in January 2005, citing family as the main reason (she had finally had to place her husband, whom she had cared for over 8 years, in a nursing home). She stayed long enough to supervise the appointment of Peter Gelb, formerly head of Sony Classical Records, as the Met's General Manager, to succeed Joseph Volpe in August 2006. The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Józef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ... Rest home for seniors in Český Těšín, Czech Republic A nursing home or skilled nursing facility (SNF), also known as a rest home, is a type of care of residents: it is a place of residence for people who require constant nursing care and have significant deficiencies with activities... Peter Gelb (born 1953[1]) is an American arts administrator. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Peter Greenough, Sills' husband, died on September 6, 2006, at the age of 89.[5] They would have had their 50th wedding anniversary on November 17, 2006. September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


She co-hosted The View for Best Friends Week on November 9, 2006, as Barbara Walters' best friend. She said that she doesn't sing anymore, even in the shower, to preserve the memory of her voice.


On June 28, 2007, the Associated Press and CNN reported that Sills, a non-smoker, was hospitalized "gravely ill", from lung cancer. With her daughter at her bedside, Beverly Sills succumbed to cancer on July 2, 2007 at the age of 78.[6] is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Recordings and broadcasts

During her operatic career, Sills recorded eighteen full-length operas. She also starred in eight opera productions televised on PBS and participated in such specials as A Look-in at the Met with Danny Kaye in 1975, Sills and Burnett at the Met, with Carol Burnett in 1976, and Profile in Music, which won an Emmy Award for its showing in the US in 1975, although it had been recorded in England in 1971. Note: Public Broadcasting Services is a broadcaster in Malta. ... Kaye entertaining U.S. troops at Sasebo, Japan, 25 Oct 1945 David Daniel Kaminsky, known as Danny Kaye (January 18, 1913 – March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer and comedian. ... Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is a successful comedienne mostly on American television, thanks largely to her eponymous variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, that ran on CBS from 1967 through 1978. ... An Emmy Award. ...


For many years, Sills was the host of PBS broadcasts from Lincoln Center and was sought after for speaking engagements. The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ...


References

  • Sills, Beverly. "Bubbles: A Self-Portrait" 1976 (ISBN 0-446-81520-9).
  • Sills, Beverly (with Lawrence Linderman). "Beverly: An Autobiography" (1987 Toronto; New York: Bantam Books) (ISBN 0-553-05173-3) (published together with a companion audio book, "Beverly Sills: On My Own," with interviews, musical excerpts and a biographical narration) (ISBN 0-553-45743-8).
  • Paolucci, Bridget. "Beverly Sills". New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1990.
  • Sargeant, Withrop. "Divas". New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, c1973.

Trivia

In the Season 8 episode of "The Simpsons" entitled "The Canine Mutiny", Lisa says the name Beverly Sills during a pep-pill induced rant. Simpsons redirects here. ... The Canine Mutiny is an episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ...


In many interviews, Meryl Streep says she took voice lessons in her younger days from the same teacher who instructed Beverly Sills. Mary Louise Streep, mostly known as Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award-winning, six-time Golden Globe-winning, two-time SAG-winning, Grammy Award-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Official site: (www.limusichalloffame.org)
  2. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/28/sills.cancer.ap/index.html?section=cnn_latest
  3. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/02/obit.beverly.sills.ap/index.html
  4. ^ The dates of the first Bowes appearances are incorrect in most printed sources about Sills.
  5. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/08/obituaries/08greenough.html?ref=obituaries
  6. ^ http://www.boston.com/ae/music/articles/2007/07/03/beverly_sills_peoples_diva_dies/

External links

  • Beverly Sills, the All-American Diva, Is Dead at 78 New York Times, July 3, 2007
  • A Tribute to Beverly Sills (including complete discography, bibliography, photo gallery, sound and video clips, and press articles.)
  • Profile, discography and other info on Sills
  • Timeline of Sills's life
  • Clips of several of Sills' live performances over the years
  • Photos of Sills and link to discography
  • Description of Sills' charitable work
  • List of Sills' awards
  • Filmography
  • National Women's Hall of Fame profile
  • 17 quotations by Sills
  • PBS 'Great Performances', November 23, 2006
  • Lengthy profile at Operamom.com
  • Better A Rebel Than a Hypocrite Op-Ed by Sills from 1980's
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DATE OF DEATH July 2, 2007
PLACE OF DEATH New York City, New York, USA

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Beverly Sills' greatness and recognition as a coloratura soprano and as a director of an opera company is the epitome of the American success story.
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