Opera fans mourn death of Calgary-born soprano Erin Wall

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Like many singers, Wall grew used to performing while not at her best, often rehearsing with jet lag. She sang through two pregnancies, the sleep-deprived early years of parenthood, a miscarriage and after falling down a flight of stairs.

She continued to sing during cancer treatment, describing her concerts as “like taking a vacation from cancer world.”

Her final British appearance was in January with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, her voice soaring over the final Chorus Mysticus at Symphony Hall. Last month she was heard as Ellen Orford in a recording of Britten’s Peter Grimes on the Chandos label, having performed the work to a standing ovation at the Royal Festival Hall in December 2019.

Erin Wall, who completed a New York marathon on her 43rd birthday, is survived by her husband, Roberto Mauro, who is director of artistic planning at Canadian Opera Company, and by a son and a daughter.

— The Daily Telegraph, with files from Postmedia

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