Summary: Russian world-renowned opera singer who was celebrated internationally for her rich soprano voice, but who along with her third husband, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich (d. 2007), defied the Soviet regime to give shelter to writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn and suffered exile from her homeland.
Cause of Death: Complications from Parkinson's disease and pneumonia
Born: October 25, 1926
Died: December 10, 2012
Location: Moscow, Russia