Date: 7/3/2007, 6:49 am, EDT
Location: Hunterdon County NJ
What a tremendous loss for music. This talented woman has been a huge part of so many lives. I grew up watching her in so many venues. She had a wonderful charm and sense of humor along with her beautiful gift of song. Such a shame - She still had so much more to offer.. She is singing in heaven now. Our prayers to her friends and family
Date: 7/3/2007, 6:41 am, EDT
Name: Maurizio Andres
I'm really stunned by learning of this huge loss for all tha musical wold.
Rest in peace, Belle, and thank you for all you gave us with your wonderful art.
Date: 7/3/2007, 6:38 am, EDT
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Ms. Sills was a regular at Cincinnati Opera's summer season at the Cincinnati Zoo and in the company's final year at the Zoo, she sang Lucia. I was so very fortunate to hear her; I was a teenager and I'll never forget her performance. She sang the mad scene with stunning clarity and intensity, spiraling down to the floor like a corkscrew with that final high E flat, pure and pristine. The ovation went on and on and on.
She made opera accessible and the most natural thing in the world to love. We all know of the challenges and sorrows of her private life but she met those challenges with grace, good cheer and laughter. She was a tireless force for the arts and for life itself. Her memory is always for a blessing.
Date: 7/3/2007, 6:33 am, EDT
Location: New York
Thank you Mrs. Sills for the great treasury of singing that you've given us. Your glorious voice, full of lightness and exquisite agility, never failed to brighten even the darkest of days. You were an example of dignity in the face of tragedy. You tirelessly served and promoted the Art of Opera, without pretense or arrogance. There was something so enduring about your presence in the world, that makes it very difficult for us to think of life without you.
Date: 7/3/2007, 6:31 am, EDT
Name: David Mikelberg
Location: New York City
My condolences to Ms. Sills' family and friends. The thing I'll remember most about Beverly is how much she was, and remains, eminently lovable. No matter what she was doing, I always wanted to listen to her sing, act, perform and say anything else she had to say. She had a gift for reaching out. She touched many lives in this way; certainly mine!
Now, if someone could find a way to release her 1980 farewell oon home video. I would especially love a good copy of "Tell Me Why", and I would love to hear Carol Burnett say, "Hello, Prince Kitty." once again.
Date: 7/3/2007, 6:25 am, EDT
Name: Francesco Costanzo
I don't have many words to express what I am feeling now. It is just sad. I can't add something more. She was such a great artist and personality I wonder if we'll be seing ad hearing something like her in Opera. I don't think so. She was unique, because of her technique, of her artistic personality, of the "way" she was a singer, not like the others, just unique.
I would like to thanks Madame Sills for everything she gave us, she will live forever through her Art. Thank you, from the deep of my heart.
Sorry for my english...
Date: 7/3/2007, 6:20 am, EDT
Location: Little Rock
There will never be another one like her. That voice coupled with her sparkling and engaging personality is the reason so many fans like myself discovered opera in the first place. Rest in peace Ms. Sills, you will be greatly missed.
Date: 7/3/2007, 5:46 am, EDT
Name: Erin Matthiessen
Location: Portland OR
I heard/saw her in Daughter of the Regiment at San Francisco Opera in 1974 & later in Manon at NYC Opera. Her Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare is still, 40 years later, one of the greatest recorded roles I know. She was insanely talented, gracious, gifted. She gave everything & retired from the stage when she knew she could no longer give her best. She was a great international artist & a humble daughter of Brooklyn. She was our last great American diva.
Date: 7/3/2007, 4:36 am, EDT
Name: denise f
Location: san francisco
i never missed a chance to hear you. my daughters were born listening to your recordings. when you declared that if your fault was being "too nice" that you hoped that was the worst thing anyone said about you - i knew that i would love and admire you for the rest of my live. respects to a brave and beautiful artist.
Date: 7/3/2007, 4:14 am, EDT
Name: Les Underwood
Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Someone said that grief is the price we pay for loving. We must have loved you even more than we knew because this grief is real and it is deep. I am so sad that you are not here, but so very glad to have lived in a time with you in it. Good bye Grand Lady !
Date: 7/3/2007, 4:13 am, EDT
Name: Nicola Cattò
I've never heard Beverly Sills live: when she retired, I was only one. But, nonetheless, she will remain one of my favourite singers, whose humanity was at least equal to her huge artistry.
Ora e per sempre, addio!
Date: 7/3/2007, 4:10 am, EDT
Name: Steven Livesay
I was about 14 years old and discovering my love of opera when i paid 75 cents for an old beat-up LP of Beverly Sills singing selections from various works. I immediately was drawn to her voice, and her singing. I played that record over and over, until i even started to sing along to it! ever since then I have adored listening to her sing. She was one of the very few who, while she sang, breathed fresh air into opera. May she rest in peace. God bless her soul.
Date: 7/3/2007, 4:07 am, EDT
Name: Asril Ibrahim
Dear Ms Beverly Sills,
Your infectious joy will forever be missed. Even though we are separated in more ways than one, you will forever be etched deep in my heart. Do know that there are a lot of people who have loved and respected you and will continue to do so in the years to come. May your legacy infect even more people in the years to come.
Rest in peace in the comfort of knowing that we love you. Goodbye, dear Bubbles. With love from thousands of miles away.
Date: 7/3/2007, 3:44 am, EDT
Name: camille de rijck
Location: brussels, belgium
dear mrs sills,
thank you for bringing us your artistry throught that incredibly energy you had while being on stage or in a recording studio. i will never stop listening to your recordings that, now, sadly, belong to history...
Date: 7/3/2007, 3:29 am, EDT
Name: Greg Boyd
Location: United States
She was a real person. She was one of the greatest musicians of all time, but to me, as a student in college in the 70's, she was a down to earth, delightful person. I took her back to her hotel after rehearsal one day and we ended up going to a small hamburger joint, just the two of us, and she wanted to know about me. She didn't want to talk about her. I will never forget that day and that very special human being. My heart hurts, but my mind is filled with the memory of a great lady.
Date: 7/3/2007, 3:12 am, EDT
Name: W. I. Holmes
Location: Augusta, GA
From "Lucia" broadcasts from the MET, then her "Farewell Tour Concert" at Township Auditiorim while I studied at THE USC in Columbia, SC in 1980, and the last time I was in her presence (with tenor John McCollum) was at Rackham Auditiorium in Ann Arbor, MI while I was studying at U of M 10 years later; WHAT A LIFE; this is not to mention all of the wonderful TV broadcasts and recordings I cherished...Stereo Review's give-away poster of her "Manon"...Bubbles you can't be forgotten! Merci!!
Date: 7/3/2007, 3:09 am, EDT
Location: Berlin, Germany
You brought my heart to opera.
Now my heart is full of opera, is full of you.
You will stay in my heart for ever.
Date: 7/3/2007, 2:59 am, EDT
Name: Julio Perez
Location: Chicago Illinois
Such artistry, such joy, such consern for her fellow human being...
Never will there be another like Beverly Sills.
Some say she's not my generation (I'm 25) but through her recordings and legacy, I've come to love her art so much that I am truly saddened by her passing.
God Bless you, Beverly.
Rest in Peace
Date: 7/3/2007, 2:55 am, EDT
Name: Kestal Phillips Jr.
Location: Burlington, NC
I was fortunate to live in NYC from 1972-1987. While a resident of Manhattan, I had the immense pleasure of attending many of Ms. Sills' operatic and recital performances. From 1966 onwards, she had the career that she wanted. Her skills were prodigious. Ms. Sills not only sang with her voice but also with her soul. I never detected anything perfunctory in any of her public performances and recordings. She once said that when looking back on her life, she would rather say "I shouldn't have done that rather than I should have done that. I think you should try everything" We are so lucky that she did. I hope that her severest critics will stop savaging her now and allow her to rest in peace.
Beverly Sills' life was a wild roller coaster ride. She experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I'm grateful for her life, careers, and legacy.
Date: 7/3/2007, 2:45 am, EDT
Name: Ashley Taylor
The tears are literally falling on my keyboard as I am writing this farewell to my hero. Beverly has meant so much to me through the years. Hearing her voice made me want to become a singer. I immersed myself in all things Beverly Sills. I read her books and listened to her recordings; I felt like I knew her. She touched so many lives with her glorious voice--I know I have been forever changed for hearing her sing.
Date: 7/3/2007, 2:30 am, EDT
Name: John H. Percy
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Thanks Beverly for the ineffable joy which your glorious voice brought to millions of opera lovers. We are disconsolate over your passing. Until we meet again.
Date: 7/3/2007, 2:04 am, EDT
Name: Queen of Hearts
Location: PS CA
To The Queen of American Opera, Beverly Sills, Hewr Family, Friend's,
With my deepest sympathy, to an icon of our times, we will forever keep you in our hearts and minds. I am certain your voice has reached the heavens. God Bless You Beverely Sills! We love and adore you.
Queen of Hearts~
Date: 7/3/2007, 2:03 am, EDT
Name: Jon Call
Miss Sills awakened me to the soul and passion that great art can bring. I can say with great certainty I would have not chosen the career I did if I had not known and cherished her voice. She was the great American soprano and brought opera and great singing to the people. Today, as for the first time, when I hear her sing "The Willow Song" I am moved to tears by its simple and sincere beauty. Her personality was as much an inspiration as her voice. I have always used her recordings as examples for my students and I always will. She will live forever in our minds. our hearts and deep in the passion of our souls. Goodbye, good friend.
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:56 am, EDT
Name: Michael Kaye
Location: Washington, DC
Those of us who saw her, worked with her and knew her over the decades were blessed to have experienced her radiance.
Souls have their own agenda, and as much as we would like to hold them here with us we cannot control their coming or their going.
I'm glad the Beverly had people with her when she died and my prayers are filled with thoughts for those who mourn her passing the most.
To paraphrase the words of W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman:
"My heart is sad... I cannot weep... One remedy is left me...
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:55 am, EDT
Name: Kevin McKenzie
Location: Belleair, FL
This is indeed a sad day, bringing with it sad memories as my mother recently died of lung cancer. She was also a non-smoker.
I knew nothing of opera until one day, while a freshman in college, a friend introduced me to Maria Stuarda with Beverly Sills. I was hooked! No, actually I became obsessed. Though she sang for only 8 more years after that, I saw her wherever & whenever I could, the Cincinnati Summer Opera, Ravinia Park, Dayton, Detroit & New York. I was privileged to see her play Elizabeth I, the single greatest musical & dramatic performance I have ever seen.
What made her really great though, was her ability to relate to the non-opera person. Her performances with Danny Kaye, Carol Burnett & the Muppets showed first that she was not an "arts snob" and second that opera can be fun & understandable. Her introduction of supertitles at the City Opera has now become standard fare.
Her efforts to promote the Arts long after her retirement as well as her tireless work with the March of Dimes just adds luster to her crown of greatness.
She was like a member of my family. The world has lost a truly wonderful person and we shall all miss her very much.
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:53 am, EDT
Name: Marie Lamb
Location: Syracuse, New York
I'm up tonight, like a lot of people from all over, trying to take in the news that Beverly Sills has died. Like many of my generation, Sills was one of the first opera singers I really got to love, not just for her voice but for her graciousness, compassion, humor, and tenacity in the face of what life threw her way. Just a great, great lady. Farewell, and thank you! "Ah, tutto e fini."--La Traviata.
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:48 am, EDT
Location: Birmingham, AL
You often remarked that "art is the signature of civilization." You, dear Beverly, made your own script upon all our hearts. Sills' greatest contribution, I think, is that she brought so many to music who might not have otherwise explored it--that must have been her purpose from the beginning. Where else is it possible except under the umbrella of music for us all to love and be loved and know that there is so much more than this? Surely Beverly knows tonight that she is loved and missed and will be remembered as long as the music itself transports us. But for the passing of her personality and her vivacious spirit and wit that has left this realm, I am truly disconsolate, and I shall not be soon comforted. I love you, dearest Beverly. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. Rest, sweet soul. Kenny
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:41 am, EDT
Name: Todd Shuman
Location: Chicago, IL
When I was about 13 or 14 years old, my Aunt put on a recording of Beverly Sills performing the Gavotte from "Manon," and, 26 years later I still remember thinking "Wow...this person is someone special." While most kids my age used their allowance to buy candy and movie tickets, I saved mine up to buy Beverly Sills recordings. The more I listened to to her, the more I wanted to know more about Opera. I am proud to say that listening to the Gavotte from "Manon" helped to make me an Opera fan, since I recall reading somewhere that Ms. Sills once said "If I I remembered for anything, I hope it is for my 'Manon.'" Thank Beverly for bringing me into the "Opera Family."
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:38 am, EDT
Name: Charles Imbergamo
Location: Brownsville, TEXAS
The opera world has lost one of the greats of our time. I am sure that Beverly's soul has been received into the arms of a loving God.
Well done, good and faithful servant!
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:36 am, EDT
Name: Joel Kaplan
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Thank you Beverly Sills for your courage, inspiration and the voice.
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:31 am, EDT
Name: A Grateful Fan
Location: Alameda, Ca.
Thank you, Ms. Sills, for sharing with us the sheer elegance of your voice and remarkable spirit. I offer my sympathies and prayers to her family and friends.
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:30 am, EDT
Name: Jerry Parshall
Location: Washington, DC
I was just reading about a rock star who died young of lung cancer - Warren Zevon. I then learned of Ms. Sills' death. She was the first soprano I ever saw in an opera - La Fille du Regiment here in DC. I always liked her approachability and more importantly her voice.
As we note in the latin funeral chant "Chorus angelorum te suscipiat" - but in this case, the choir of angels are waiting to be supplemented by not just a soul, but an already-angelic vice as well.
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:24 am, EDT
Name: Marsha Dempsey
Location: Forest Grove, Oregon
AH! The light we have lost!! I fell in love with Beverly Sills the first time I heard her sing. My husband had a recording of her and Norman Treigle doing Julius Ceaser.I heard her once live, on her farewell performance in Tulsa. What a night!
She was and will always remain a wonderful example of what a true star can and should be, a wonderful lady of class and poise.
Sing for the ages and the angels.
My thoughts are with her children.
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:17 am, EDT
Name: Lawrence Regg
Location: Cameron Park CA
The two greatest live performance I experienced were Beverly Sills and Maria Callas both at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. They are both gone now but they will live forever in my heart.
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:16 am, EDT
Name: James Young
Location: San Antonio
Thank You Beverly Sills for touching my life so meaningfully in our chance meeting at a private March of Dimes event in Ft. Worth, December 1983. With all the "important" people who were there to see you, you sought me out, and visited with me for several minutes alone. Your encouragement in my musicianship is something I remember and cherish to this day. May God be glorified in your arrival to His Heavenly Kingdom. May the angels rejoice as you lead the Heavenly Chorus.
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:12 am, EDT
Name: Jill J. Hughes
Location: Surprise, AZ
Amazing Voice- Amazing Life- and an Amazing Heart!Thank you for your help in the fight against MS and mostly for letting the world listen to your sweet voice for so many years-
My thoughts and prayers are with Muffy and the rest of the family!
I hope to hear you singing as I enter Heaven someday!
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:10 am, EDT
Name: Robert Megna
Location: Houston, TX
Piangero' la sorte mia.....!
The loveliest sound this side of heaven
A heart of purest gold
You brightened my life with the sunshine of music
And lifted my heart in darkest night
To the sparkling stars!
Sempre fedele t'adorero'!
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:09 am, EDT
Name: Renee Thayn
Ms. Sills never sang a note after her retirement she has said. Just incase it didn't sound as good as she would like it to. Now Ms. Sills sings again. For all of us to hear. If we just listen.
Date: 7/3/2007, 1:05 am, EDT
Name: James Bailey
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Beverly Sills was one of the first operatic voices that I ever heard. I was only eight years old when I first heard her recording of Lucia. I was utterly enthralled with her singing. She could bring me to tears or make me utterly joyful. It was Sill's art that best helped me cope with the death of my mother when I was just seven years old, on Christmas Eve 1968. I am sure that seems absurd, but it is true. She took her early professional rejections and her personal tragedies and with fierce determination and stamina created some of the most memorable character portrayals to ever reach a stage, operatic or otherwise. I will always adore her singing! Sill's herself said that her performing was a release from all of her personal hardships. May she find a greater release, indeed peace, now that she has left our earthly orb. Viva La Divina, Beverly Sills!
Date: 7/3/2007, 12:56 am, EDT
Name: Barbara Kravitz
Location: toms river nj
Her voice was amazing and special..but her personality lit up the stage and always on her tv interviews. she was a star in every way....
Date: 7/3/2007, 12:55 am, EDT
Name: Emo Furfori
Location: Geneva, Illinois
I thank my sister Nancy for introducing me to Bevery Sills in 1975. The television program was the MET Look In with Danny Kaye. My sister said, “Hey, watch this singer, I think you’ll like her.”
My sister was right, and I was hooked on Sills and opera, from that day on. Incomparable voice. Incredible actress. All, in all, an incredible career, stamped “MADE IN AMERICA”. Not a bad salute as we celebrate our Independence Day.
Heaven’s choir just got a new soprano. Rest in peace Miss Sills. And thank you for sharing your beautiful voice with us all.
Date: 7/3/2007, 12:43 am, EDT
Name: Marcia Tyerman
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
We have lost a very special person. Our love and best wishes go to her family.
Date: 7/3/2007, 12:42 am, EDT
Name: DUBERTRAND Patrick
Location: PARIS - FRANCE
Je n'ai vu Beverly qu'une seule fois en scène, mais le souvenir m'en reste à jamais. Heureusement il nous reste toutes les videos qui nous permettent de garder présente l'image de cette grande dame.
Au revoir Madame et merci.
Date: 7/3/2007, 12:41 am, EDT
Location: San Francisco
Reunited with her husband and family, I know Beverly truly sings with the angels of Heaven.
Date: 7/3/2007, 12:41 am, EDT
Thanks, Ms. Sills, for hours of great listening enjoyment. To watch your character come alive on your farewell tour in Houston was absolutely thrilling. Heaven's choirs have just picked up a spectacular addition. Bless you.
Date: 7/3/2007, 12:41 am, EDT
Beverly was one of the opera stars I remembered from my youth. I did not see her again until she starred in a TV special with John Denver, then I became an opera star again. I will truly miss her.
Date: 7/3/2007, 12:41 am, EDT
Name: Jim Marshall
Location: San Francisco, CA
My love of opera started with Beverly Sills. She has remained my favorite singer for 30 years. Even though her voice and technique were amazing, what made her really special was the person she was. I can't believe she is gone. It makes me incredibly sad.
Date: 7/3/2007, 12:38 am, EDT
We have truly lost an American Treasure - Goodnight Bubbles
Date: 7/3/2007, 12:21 am, EDT
Name: Pearl Kaufman
Location: Sun Lakes, Arizona
I absolutely adored Bevery Sills since I could remember.
I always was sad that she gave Birth to a girl with MS & also hard of hearing, when her voice to hear was unbeleivably outstanding to the world.
Then she had an autistic son. That too was a Tragedy. The World will always remember her with Beauty and Love. The finest singer I ever heard!
Date: 7/3/2007, 12:18 am, EDT
Name: David Stewart
Hers was the voice that introduced me to the world of opera. Hers is the voice I still most fondly recall. Hers is the voice that I will carry in my heart until the day I die.