Obituary: Soprano June Preston Passes at Age 93

By David Salazar
(Credit: Picture from IMDB)

Soprano June Preston has passed away at the age of 93.

Born in Glendale, California on December 29, 1928, Preston trained at the Meglin Dance Studio and began a career in Hollywood at the age of four. She appeared in a number of major motion pictures including “It Happened One Night,” “Christmas in July,” and “Strawberry Blond, among others.”

However, she would move to West Seattle and attended Seattle University to study music. In 1947, she appeared in her university’s production of “HMS Pinafore” and was the soloist in Verdi’s Requiem in 1949.

From there she would tour South America, making appearances in Mexico, and toured with a company led by Argentinean Gregorio Ravic known as Campañía de Ópera Estrellas del Metropolitan where a lot of Met Opera stars performed (the company was not associated with the Met Opera); during this tour, she spent four weeks performing in Colombia and appeared in “La Bohème.”

She became a chorus member of the San Francisco Opera in 1952 and remained there until 1954.

She was later inducted into the West Seattle High School Hall of Fame.