Acclaimed Soprano Teresa Stich-Randall, 79

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Teresa Stich-Randall, 79, a U.S.-born operatic soprano once praised by Arturo Toscanini as "the find of the century," died July 17 in Vienna, Austria, where she had spent most of her professional career. No cause of death was reported.

Acclaimed for her interpretations of Mozart's greatest works, Ms. Stich-Randall traveled between the United States and Europe, singing in the world's greatest opera houses.

She was a regular at the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna State Opera, where she performed on 355 occasions before retiring in 1972.

Ms. Stich-Randall was born in New Hartford, Conn., and studied at the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford.

She performed as a teenager in Hartford at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1961 in Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte."

She was hired at 19 for several concerts with the NBC Symphony by Toscanini. She learned German, French and Italian and in 1963 became the first American to be named a Kammersangerin, or chamber singer -- an honor for Austria's most respected artists.

-- Associated Press

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