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10/05/2010

Soprano Dolores Wilson dies at 82

October 5, 2010 |  2:36 pm

Wilson Dolores Wilson, a soprano who found fame on the opera stage and later on Broadway, has died. She was 82.

Wilson died Sept. 28, said Jordan Strohl, administrator at the Lillian Booth Actors Fund Home in Englewood, N.J., where Wilson lived. No cause was given.

Wilson, who was born in Philadelphia, made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1954 in the title role of "Lucia di Lammermoor" opposite American tenor Jan Peerce.

Wilson had 26 appearances with the Met, including seven with its touring company, in a variety of performances, spokesman Sam Neuman said. Her roles included Rosina in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia," Susanna in "Le Nozze di Figaro" and Zerlina in "Don Giovanni."

Her last performance at the Met was in a 1959 revival of "Lucia" that also costarred Peerce.

She debuted on Broadway in 1965 in the musical "The Yearling" and also appeared in "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Annie."

-- Associated Press

 Photo: Dolores Wilson in 1954. Credit: Associated Press

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