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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