Summary: opera singer who was widely regarded as America's greatest operatic soprano and appeared as the heroine in more than 50 operas, including Handel's Julius Caesar, Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman and Donizetti's Anna Bolena, but who also served as director of the New York City Opera from 1979 to 1989, the chairwoman of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 1994 to 2002, and most recently as the chairwoman of the Metropolitan Opera.
Cause of Death: Lung cancer
Born: May 25, 1929
Died: July 2, 2007
Location: New York City, New York