Remembering Soprano Elisabeth Carron

American soprano Elisabeth Carron passed away last Thursday at the age of 94. Born in Newark, New Jersey to Sicilian immigrant parents, Carron performed regularly at New York City Opera in its heyday. She was widely respected for her roles in Puccini operas which included Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Mimì in La Bohème, and Liu in Turandot. Additionally, she performed prominent roles in contemporary American operas such as Gian-Carlo Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street (1954), Marc Blitzstein’s Regina (1958), and Kurt Weill’s Street Scene (1959). In later years, Carron served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

Here is Elisabeth Carron singing Senza Mamma from Puccini’s one-act opera, Suor Angelica. This New York City Opera performance took place on February 23, 1967. The opera’s setting is a convent near Florence in the seventeenth century. Sister Angelica, the daughter of a Florentine noble, has been forced by her family to take the veil after giving birth to a child out of wedlock. As Senza Mamma opens, Sister Angelica has just received news that “the baby whom she had seen and kissed only once” died two years earlier. Surrounded by the lonely solitude of the Abbey’s cloisters, Sister Angelica reflects on the child who, deprived of a mother, never had a chance to live.

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About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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