American, mezzo soprano Blanche Thebom, Star at the Met and Beyond, Dies at 94 New York Times obituary here. Although, probably no longer well known to the current generation of singers, she was the leading mezzo soprano at the Met for 22 years, creating the American premieres of many roles. Below she sings O Don Fatale from Verdi's Don Carlo Here is a lovely tribute with reminiscences from colleagues and friends. Worth the read!
She was also famous for her long hair, which used in many of her roles to great advantage as seen in this photo of Blanche Thebom as Didon in the 1957 production of Les Troyens at the Royal Opera House, London.
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