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by Maria Nockin
Goodbye and Thank You, Maureen Forrester
Famous for the quip “I can’t cancel, I’ve already spent the money,” contralto Maureen Forrester was at the top of her profession for three decades. A Montreal native, she made her New York debut in 1957 and sang concerts and recitals for many years before making her first foray into opera. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Erda in Wagner’s Das Rheingold in 1975.
Among her last appearances was her 1990 portrayal of the role of the Countess in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades at Tanglewood. She also appeared as the Marquise in L’Opéra de Montreal’s 1994 production of Donizetti’s La fille du régiment, but by that time her voice was fading and it was becoming evident that she was suffering from dementia. She passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 16 in Toronto.
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