Obituary: Legendary Mezzo-Soprano Rosalind Elias Passes At 90

By David Salazar

Legendary mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias has died at the age of 90.

Born on March 13, 1930, Elias was the 13th and youngest child in her Lebanese-American family.

She studied at the New England Conservatory and first appeared with the New England Opera between 1948-52. She then headed to the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome where she studied under Luigi Ricci and Nazzareno De Angelis.

On Feb. 23, 1954, the mezzo made her Metropolitan Opera debut. She would go on to sing close to 700 performances at the famed house in over 50 roles. She also appeared in a few Met Opera premieres. Among her most acclaimed roles included Charlotte in “Werther,” Olga in “Euegne Onegin,” the title role of “Carmen,” Rosina in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Giuletta in “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and Laura in “La Gioconda.”

In addition to her career at the Metropolitan Opera, Elias also appeared at the Vienna State Opera, New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Scottish Opera, and Glyndebourne Festival.

She also appeared in several recordings of such operas as “Il Trovatore,” “Der Fliegende Holländer,” “La Forza del Destino,” “The Rake’s Progress,” and “Parsifal,” among many others.

She also appeared in the musical “Follies” and made her Broadway debut in 2011.

After her performance career, Elias turned to directing.