Obituary: Joyce Blackham Dies At 84

By Francisco Salazar

Joyce Blackham has passed away at the age of 84.

The mezzo, known for her signature role of “Carmen,” starred alongside Plácido Domingo at the 1977 Edinburgh Festival and went on to sing the role in Brussels, Cairo, Johannesburg, Auckland, New York, Fort Worth, and Oslo, as well as Bulgaria and Canada.

A student of  Joseph Hislop at the Guildhall School of Music, Blackman was also a regular at the English and Welsh National Operas and appeared at numerous houses including the Royal Opera House, Liceu de Barcelona, Phoenix Opera, Fort Worth Opera, New York City Opera, and Scottish Opera.

She also became well-known for such roles as Lola, Olga, Cherubino, Flora Bervoix and Maddalena. She was also known for her interpretation of the works of Offenbach and later in her career would sing such operas as “Ariadne auf Naxos,” “La Forza del Destino,” and “The Merry Widow.” Blackman would also sing “Il Barbiere di Siviglia’ and “Aida.”

She died on June 4, 2018.