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Opera Singer Beverly Sills Near Death

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Legendary opera diva and gay icon Beverly Sills, 78, is reported to be near death from lung cancer.

Beverly Sills is in a Manhattan hospital with her daughter at her side.

While she retired from performing in 1980, Sills has continued to be a force on the NYC opera scene, becoming the chair of the Metropolitan Opera in 2002.

Like many of you, I best remember Beverly Sills from her funny, self-deprecating performances on the Carol Burnett Show. Source: joemygod blog.

Wikipedia on Beverly Sills

In 1978, Sills announced she would retire on October 27, 1980, in a farewell gala at the New York City Opera. In the spring of 1979, she began acting as co-director of NYCO, and became its sole general director as of the fall season of that year, a post she held until 1989, although she remained on the NYCO board until 1991. During her time as general director, Sills helped turn what was then a financially struggling opera company into a viable enterprise. She also devoted herself to various arts causes and such charities as the March of Dimes.

From 1994 to 2002, Sills was chairman of Lincoln Center. In October 2002, she agreed to serve as chairman of the Metropolitan Opera, for which she had been a board member since 1991. She resigned as Met chairman in January 2005, citing family as the main reason (she had finally had to place her husband, whom she had cared for over 8 years, in a nursing home). She stayed long enough to supervise the appointment of Peter Gelb, formerly head of Sony Classical Records, as the Met's General Manager, to succeed Joseph Volpe in August 2006.

Peter Greenough, Sills' husband, died on September 6, 2006, at the age of 89.[4] They would have had their 50th wedding anniversary on November 17, 2006.

She co-hosted The View for Best Friends Week on November 9, 2006, as Barbara Walters' best friend. She said that she doesn't sing anymore, even in the shower, to preserve the memory of her voice.

On June 28, 2007, the Associated Press reported that Sills had been admitted to hospital. She was reported to be 'gravely ill' with cancer.

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Submitted by erku on
Oh this is sad. Was Beverly Sills a soprano or an alto? Hope she feels better.

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