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Sally Silver Suggest updates

Born 4 June 1967.

Died 26 November 2018.

South African soprano.

Sally Silver's operatic career was concentrated on European houses, with a repertoire that split between the bel canto school and modern work.

In France she worked with the opera companies at Nantes (Duchess Cover Her Face); Metz (Marguerite Les Huguenots, Olympia, Antonis & Giulietta Tales of Hoffmann, Duchess) and Rennes. She also worked in Berlin (Duchess), Copenhagen (Duchess) and Amsterdam (Violetta, Duchess).

She made her British debut in 2007, singing Lucia with Scottish Opera, returning for I puritani and Orlando. More recently she visited Scotland in the Music Theatre Wales revival of Greek.

Other operatic appearances in Britain included ENO (Agathe Der Freischütz); ETO (Eleonora Il furioso al isola di San Domingo - The Wild Man of the West Indies); Chelsea Opera Group (Leonora); Music Theatre Wales (Mum in Greek).

Her extensive concert work included appearances with several British orchestras (LSO, RPO, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony) and the Netherlands Philharmonic.

Recordings include Sullivan's cantatas Kenilworth and On Shore and Sea and the title roles in Lurline (Wallace) and Satanella (Balfe), as well as Ariadne in The Bride of Dionysus (Tovey). She also recorded four discs of  songs - by Balfe, Wallace, Gounod and Massenet, all accompanied by Richard Bonynge.

Roles in Scotland

Lucia Lucy Ashton, Henry's Sister
Lucia di Lammermoor 2007
Elvira daughter of Lord Walton
Puritani 2009
Angelica Queen of Cathay
Orlando 2011
Mum Waitress 2; Sphinx 1
Greek 2011

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