The Met Mourns the Death of Regina Resnik
August 9, 2013
The Metropolitan Opera mourns the death of Regina Resnik, a treasured star and much-admired colleague whose career with the company was notable not only for the distinctive artistry of her performances, but for its breadth and longevity. Ms. Resnik sang 328 Met performances in an astonishing 39 roles between 1944 and 1983. She began her career in soprano roles such as Leonora in Il Trovatore, which she sang for her Met debut, and later transitioned to the mezzo-soprano and contralto roles in which she would have her greatest triumphs. Two milestones in her wide-ranging Met career were her performances as Ellen Orford in the 1948 company premiere of Britten’s Peter Grimes and as the Old Baroness in the 1958 world premiere of Barber’s Vanessa. Her roles with the company also included both Chrysothemis and Klytaemnestra in Elektra, the title character in Carmen, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, the Marquise de Berkenfield in La Fille du Régiment, and the Countess in The Queen of Spades. We offer our sincerest condolences to her family, and to her many friends and admirers around the world.