Elizabeth Connell 1946-2012
South African soprano dies aged 65.
All at the Royal Opera House are saddened to hear of the death of soprano Elizabeth Connell at the age of 65.
Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the singer moved to London in 1970 to study at the London Opera Centre. Two years later she made her professional debut as a mezzo-soprano, before switching to soprano repertory in 1983.
Her Royal Opera debut was as Viclinda in I Lombardi alla prima crociata in 1976, and she went on to sing a number of roles with the company including Eboli (Don Carlos), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Leonora (Il trovatore), Leonore (Fidelio), Elettra (Idomeneo), Odabella (Attila) and the title role in Elektra.
Her last appearances with The Royal Opera were as Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel and as the title role in Turandot, both in December 2008, receiving critical acclaim. Our thoughts are with her friends and family at this time.