Defending the 12th century since the 14th; blogging since the 21st.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Happy birthday, Nell Rankin, 1926-2005
b. Montgomery, AL, Jan. 3, 1926; d. New York City, Jan 13, 2005.
MET: D├ębut: Nov. 22, 1951, as Amneris in AIDA; 158 perfs., 17 roles; incl. Laura in LA GIOCONDA, Ortrud in LOHENGRIN, title role in CARMEN, Azucena in IL TROVATORE, Eboli in DON CARLO, Ulrica in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Santuzza in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Herodias in SALOME, Gutrune and Third Norn in GOTTERDAMMERUNG.
My obituary post here.