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Evelyn Lear
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Vocalist
    (January 8, 1926-July 1, 2012)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Birth name was Evelyn Shulman
    Opera soprano
    Notable roles include Octavian, Sophie and the Marschallin in Richard Strauss' 'Der Rosenkavalier,' Countess Geschwitz and Lulu in Alban Berg's 'Lulu,' Mimi in 'La Boheme,' Cherubino and the Countess in 'The Marriage of Figaro,' Pamina in 'The Magic Flute' and Floria Tosca in 'Tosca'
    Cameo appearance in the film 'Buffalo Bill and the Indians' (1976)
    She described many of her roles as 'neurotic modern heroines.'
    In the late 60s, she lost much of her upper range from demands of singing modern opera. (She later clarified, 'It was my lack of technique, not the fault of the music.')
    When a friend suggested she use public transportation, she replied, 'I'm Evelyn Lear. I'm a diva.'
    She and her second husband, fellow opera singer Thomas Stewart, were married for 51 years until his death.
    She and Stewart taught a series of master classes for young singers.
    She mastered the demanding title role in 'Lulu' in only three weeks as a late replacement (1960).
    At nearly 75, she performed at Carnegie Hall in Artists for the Cure (2000).
    'The Guardian' described her as 'blessed with the looks of Elizabeth Taylor and a voice like Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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