RECENTLY DEPARTED (v.13 #3&4, p.19)

Elizabeth Parcells, Coloratura, 54

Coloratura soprano Elizabeth Parcells (12/28/51-12/29/05) of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, was taken from us by colon cancer, with which she struggled valiantly for 2 1/2 years. But at she has left a legacy that continues to grow, as more of her recordings and recorded performances continue to be added to it, along with memories of the hundreds of listeners, fans, friends, and colleagues she touched throughout Europe and the U.S. Her voice was as angelic and yet as humanly beautiful as could be found on earth. Her specialties were Mozart, bel canto, and works with guitar, but the breadth of her new music repertoire was also staggering, including works by Stravinsky, Milhaud, Rodrigo, Kuckuck, Lennox Berkeley, Francis Burt, Henze, Davies, Jolas, Farkas, Jacques Bondon, Musgrave, Pinkham, Leisner, Martino, as well as (written for her) Robert Selig (Survival Fragments), Leonard Lehrman (The Cautious Struggle, Spiele, Answer to a Child's Question, E.G.: A Musical Portrait of Emma Goldman), Joseph Pehrson (Vocalise, Lewis Carroll Songs), and Lydia Kavina (In the Whims of the Wind).< BR>--Leonard Lehrman & Joseph Pehrson