Opera singer Rosalind Elias died May 3 in New York City at the age of 90. No official cause of death has been released.
The mezzo soprano made her Broadway debut in a revival of “Follies” as Heidi at the age of 81.
She is best known for her four decade career as a member of the Metropolitan Opera. Elias made her Met debut only weeks before her 24th birthday in 1954 as Grimgerde in “Die Walkure”. Her other Met roles include “Der Rosenkavalier”, “Falstaff”, “Hansel and Gretel”, “Cosi fan tutte”, “Fenena”, “The Bartered Bride”, “Sweeney Todd”, and “A Little Night Music” in Hawaii. Before making her Met debut, Elias appeared with the New England Opera Company.
Her accomplishments include over 50 roles and 687 performances over a 40 year career, an Opera News Award. Elias became a member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the following year she became one of the first members of the Guild’s Artist Council.
Along with performances all across the country, Elias appeared on stages in Vienna, Scotland, and at the Glyndebourne Festival.
Over the course of her career, Elias worked with Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Erich Leinsdorf, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Pierre Monteux, Thomas Schippers, Georg Solti and Bruno Walter.
The youngest of 13 children, she was born March 13, 1930 in Lowell, Massachusetts to Lebanese parents. It wasn’t until she was 14 years old that she began taking voice lessons. Elias once said in an interview that it was her dream to become an opera singer. She studied at the New England Conservatory, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and at the Berkshire Music Center.
Predeceased by her husband of nearly 50 years – Zuhayr Moghrabi. No list of survivors was given.