Opera Legend Thebom Dead
Opera singer BLANCHE THEBOM has died from pneumonia at the age of 94.
Thebom, a mezzo-soprano, performed with the Metropolitan Opera in New York for more than 20 years, and also appeared in regional summer theatre revivals of Broadway shows including The Sound of Music.
She was perhaps best known for her roles in Wagner operas, including as Fricka in Die Walkure and Brangane in Tristan und Isolde.
Thebom was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania, in 1915 and joined the Met in 1944. She left in the 1960s after more than 350 performances, and went on to teach opera at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. She also set up the Opera Arts Training Program in San Francisco, California.
Thebom passed away at her home in San Francisco on March 23 (10).