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Biographies - Beverly Sills
Beverly Sills
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Beverly Sills
Born: May 25, 1929
Briefly
American singer perhaps the best-known opera singer in the 1960s and 1970s. She was famous for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in operas around the world and on recordings.


  
 
 
               

Beverly Sills (May 25, 1929 – July 2, 2007), born Belle Miriam Silverman, was perhaps the best-known American opera singer in the 1960s and 1970s. She was famous for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in operas around the world and on recordings. After retiring in 1980, she became the general manager of the New York City Opera. Later, in 1994, she became the Chairman of Lincoln Center and then, in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera. Sills used her celebrity to further her charity work for the prevention and treatment of birth defects. At its 1981 commencement ceremonies, Barnard College awarded Sills its highest honor, the Barnard Medal of Distinction. She will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.[1] She was also a recipient of the highly prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.

Sills underwent successful surgery for cancer in 1974, [2] but succumbed to an aggressive form of lung cancer on July 2, 2007 despite never smoking[3]. She was 78 years old.



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