Obituary: Soprano Erin Wall Dies at 44

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Kristin Hoebermann)

Erin Wall, one of the world’s leading sopranos, has died at the age of 44, after a long illness.

Bewitching audiences with her beautiful voice, theatrical prowess and huge repertoire, Wall swiftly conquered major world operatic stages, including The Metropolitan Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Washington National Opera, Bergen National Opera, Den Norske Opera Oslo, Theater an der Wien, and the Bayerische Staatsoper, among others.

Wall was also an avid concert performer, appearing in the major concert halls, such as the Tonhalle Zürich, Calgary Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, the Concertgebouw, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunksorchester, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Boston Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre de Paris, and the Hessische Rundfunk, among others. She took part in major opera festivals, including Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh International Festival, and the Grant Park Music Festival.

Wall, who studied at Western Washington University, Rice University, Aspen Music Festival, and Music Academy of the West, left numerous recordings, including the San Francisco Symphony’s recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Virgin Classics DVD of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” recorded live at the Aix-en-Provence festival, ArtHaus DVD of Britten’s War Requiem, Handel’s “Messiah,” and Dvořák’s “Stabat Mater,” among others.

OperaWire expresses its condolences to Erin Wall’s family and friends in these difficult times.