Obituary: Mezzo-Soprano Ameral Gunson Dies

By Francisco Salazar

The international mezzo Ameral Gunson died on Friday night of cancer, her husband has reported.

Gunson studied singing at London´s Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Walter Gruner before joining the BBC Singers where she continued her studies with Otakar Krauss. She quickly established a successful and varied solo career once she left the BBC singers and went on to perform throughout the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.

She collaborated with some of the most celebrated musicians including  Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Edward Downes, Richard Hickox, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Roger Norrington, Libor Pesek, Sir Simon Rattle, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Yan-Pascal Tortelier and Pierre Boulez and appeared at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and other companies in Helsinki and Turin. Her operatic roles included Marcellina in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Despina in “Così fan tutte”, Sesto in “La clemenza di Tito”, Marguerite in “La damnation de Faust” and Waltraute in “Götterdammerung.”

After retiring from the stage Gunson taught for many years.