In memory of
Margarita Zambrana Richards
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In memory of
Margarita Zambrana Richards
Margarita Zambrana, as she was known in her professional career as an opera singer, was a resident for over 30 years in Cedar Grove, N.J. She died Jan. 11, 2012, at the Waterview Nursing Home in Cedar Grove just short of her 88th birthday. Born in Havana, Cuba, Margarita came to New York in the late 1940s to continue her musical education. She made her U.S. opera debut in April 1949 as Santuzza in "Cavalleria Rusticana" with the New York City Opera. (The photograph here used was taken at around the time of her U.S. debut in 1949.) She later sang the leading soprano roles (both lyric and the more dramatic "spinto") in, among others, "La Boheme," "Madama Butterfly," "I Pagliacci," "Faust," and Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Consul" in New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans and elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, as well as at the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, and in her native Havana. She performed on network television and, under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, sang with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and gave two recitals at Town Hall in New York. In New Jersey, she sang a considerable number of performances with Opera Classics of New Jersey in the leading soprano roles in "La Boheme," "Cavalleria Rusticana," "Carmen" and "Madama Butterfly." Margarita Zambrana was married for over 50 years to Henry Richards, who taught foreign languages at Montclair State University and who died in March 2004.
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In memory of
Margarita Zambrana Richards
Margarita Zambrana, as she was known in her professional career as an opera singer, was a resident for over 30 years in Cedar Grove, N.J. She died Jan. 11, 2012, at the Waterview Nursing Home in Cedar Grove just short of her 88th birthday. Born in Havana, Cuba, Margarita came to New York in the late 1940s to continue her musical education. She made her U.S. opera debut in April 1949 as Santuzza in "Cavalleria Rusticana" with the New York City Opera. (The photograph here used was taken at around the time of her U.S. debut in 1949.) She later sang the leading soprano roles (both lyric and the more dramatic "spinto") in, among others, "La Boheme," "Madama Butterfly," "I Pagliacci," "Faust," and Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Consul" in New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans and elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, as well as at the Spoleto Festival in Spoleto, Italy, and in her native Havana. She performed on network television and, under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, sang with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and gave two recitals at Town Hall in New York. In New Jersey, she sang a considerable number of performances with Opera Classics of New Jersey in the leading soprano roles in "La Boheme," "Cavalleria Rusticana," "Carmen" and "Madama Butterfly." Margarita Zambrana was married for over 50 years to Henry Richards, who taught foreign languages at Montclair State University and who died in March 2004.
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