Summary: internationally known opera singer with one of the world's great mezzo-soprano voices who defected from the Bolshoi Opera in 1973 in Milan, Italy, then immigrated to Canada and went into hiding for two years before re-emerging to a standing room only crowd at Carnegie Hall in 1975, and who spoke out against Soviet repression for the rest of her life.
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer
Born: February 4, 1934
Died: December 31, 2003
Location: Silver Springs, Maryland