Sunday, October 26, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Dedication To Opera Singers

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, the goal has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. "In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol, though this was not the first time the ribbon was used to symbolize breast cancer. In the fall of 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors." For information about early detection procedure, click hereAs we near the final days of the 2014 campaign, let us take a moment to remember the many singers in the opera world who are survivors and those that have fallen to the tragic disease. Check out the list of heroines after the jump with features of their vocal contributions. [Source]
The Sydney Opera House is lit in pink lighting to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

June Bronhill
(b. 1929 - d. 2005)

Kathleen Ferrier
(b. 1912 - d. 1953)

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
(b. 1954 - d. 2006)

Anna Moffo
(b. 1932 - d. 2006)

Ruth Ann Swenson
(b. 1963)

Dawn Upshaw
(b. 1960)

Susan Chilcott
(b. 1963 – d. 2003)

Tatiana Troyanos
(b. 1938 – d. 1993)

Tracy Dahl
(b. 1961)

Frances Ginsberg
(b. 1955 - d. 2010)

Sylvia McNair
(b. 1956)

Judith Raskin
(b. 1928 - d. 1984)

Deborah Riedel
(b. 1958 – d. 2009)

Marni Nixon
(b. 1930)

Ealynn Voss
(b. unknown)
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