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Subject: Opera Great Margreta Elkins dies aged 78
From: Neville Sumpter <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sat, 4 Apr 2009 08:55:15 +0100
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Following sad news from "The Australian" dated 4th April 2009


Opera great Margreta Elkins dies aged 78
Rosemary Sorensen 04 April 2009

Article from:  The Australian
HUMBLE, despite being "probably the most famous mezzo-soprano in Australian singing history", Margreta Elkins was a superstar who "rarely blew her own trumpet".

"She was very much underrrated "Opera Queensland artistic administrator Brad Jarrett said yesterday, " but that was a lot to do with Greta.

"She had to battle to get where she got. but there was no diva about her. She was very humble and very human, and just loved singing," Mr Jarrett said.

Elkins died of cancer in Brisbane on Wednesday, aged 78.

She made her debut at 17, and toured with the National Opera Company of Australia. In 1956, she went to England, where she made her debut in Aida at Covent Garden.

Elkins sang with many of the greatest names in opera, including Maria Callas and Dame Joan Sutherland.

She returned to Australia in 1976, performing nationally with the Australian Opera. For many years after retiring from the stage, she was an influence at the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University, teaching the new generation of singers, including Opera Australia artist, Amy Wilkinson.

Elkins returned to performing briefly in 2002, aged 71, in Cavalleria Rusticana for Opera Queensland, where she was an honorary life member. Elkins is survived by her husband, Ike, and her daughter, Emma.

"She was of the old school, someone who totally understands the voice, " Mr Jarrett said. "She was tall, good looking, with great legs, and a huge stage presence.

"She had that ability to draw all eyes to her, and it was a special sound she produced, " he said.




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