Obituary: Soprano Sally Silver Loses Battle To Cancer

By Francisco Salazar

Soprano Sally Silver has passed away after losing the battle to cancer.

The soprano was the 2016 recipient of L’Académie du Disque Lyrique’s Orphée d’Or, following the success of her solo release, “Les amoureuses sont des folles,” with Richard Bonynge at the piano.

Emily Gottlieb, chief executive of the National Opera Studio issued a statement this morning noting, “I am afraid I have some sad news to share. Jeremy Silver’s wife, Sally, died yesterday morning, after a long battle with a terminal brain tumor. Sally was a regular visitor to the NOS, a great supporter of the Studio, and especially of her husband. We last saw her at a performance of 12:40, which she said she wasn’t going to miss. She loved sharing in the development of young singers and many of you will know she was herself a wonderful singer and artist. She was incredibly brave in the face of her illness, with a fortitude and openness about her situation that we all admired greatly. She will be enormously missed, by her family, her collaborators and her great number of friends.”

In recent years the Silver made an acclaimed role debut as Leonora in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” with the Chelsea Opera and also performed the Verdi Requiem in Oxford as well as the role of Susanna in the Russian premiere of “Orango” by Shostakovich under Esa- Pekka Salonen.

Among the other operas she sang included “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “I Puritani,” “Les Huguenots,” and “Les Contes d’Hoffmann.” She also sang “La Traviata,” “Mirelle,” “Maria Stuarda,” ” Der Freischütz,” and  “Oberon.”

Throughout her career, she also performed in some of the world’s greatest houses including the English National Opera, L’Opéra Théâtre de Metz, Scottish Opera,  Opéra d’Angers-Nantes, Berliner Kammeroper, and  Nederlandse Reisopera.

She performed regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Silver left numerous recordings with legendary conductor and pianist Richard Bonynge including the title roles in Vincent Wallace’s “Lurline” and Balfe’s “Satanella” and four-song recital discs.

Here is a clip of Silver singing “La Traviata” from the Netherlands.