Monday, 22 January 2007

Soprano Mina Foley dies

NZ soprano Mina Foley died over the weekend, aged 77. From Newswire:
She was a protegee of acclaimed singing teacher Dame Sister Mary Leo, whose other pupils included Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dame Malvina Major. Foley rose to prominence as a singer in 1950 when she gained second place in the Melbourne Sun Aria competition.
As the report says, she went on to perform across New Zealand in sell-out performances, which cemented her place in NZ music history. Unfortunately there are few professional studio recordings of Foley's voice, so the great legacy of Foley's reportedly "bell-like" voice will be in the memories of those who heard her sing live.

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1 comment:

  1. I find it rather sad that there is so little information about Mina Foley, her home town, parents, siblings, ethnicity etc. For someone with such a special place in so many New Zealander's hearts, she is almost obliterated. Can it be the misunderstanding of mental health issues of the 1960s? Wilhelmina Foley seems to appear from nowhere and disappear again at her death with almost no factual details available, unlike her singing peers.

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