Obituary: British Soprano Pauline Tinsley Passes at 93

By Nicolas Quiroga

British soprano Pauline Tinsley died on May 11 at the age of 93.

She was born near Manchester, in Wigan, England, in March 1928 and studied at the Northern College of Music before heading to in London, where she made her debut in 1961 with the Philopera at London’s St. Pancras Town Hall.

In the 60s she was part of several operas at the Welsh National Opera, the English National Opera, and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. These were the companies where she would have her greatest success.

Tinsley also sang at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, La Scala, New York City Opera, and performed in various cities around the world including San Diego, Rome, Paris, Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Barcelona, Basel Hamburg, Zurich, Vancouver, Houston, and Santa Fe among others.

She was well known for star turns in such operas as “Lohengrin,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Macbeth,” “Aida,” “Macbeth,” “Così Fan Tutte,” “Don Giovanni,” “Maria Stuarda,” and “Fidelio.”