(September 12, 1938 – August 21, 1993)
Tatiana Troyanos was an American mezzo-soprano of Greek and German descent.
She made her operatic debut in 1963, at the New York City Opera as Hippolyta in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The next year, she sang the role of Marina Mnishek in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov.
One of the resident principal artists of the Metropolitan Opera from 1976, she was internationally revered for her uniquely sensual, burnished sound, her versatility and beauty, as well as the thrilling intensity of all her performances.
In the early 1980s, Tatiana Troyanos appeared in several opening-night performances including Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma (with Renata Scotto in the title role), Octavian in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, and Didon in Berlioz's Les Troyens.
In 1984 she sang in the world premiere of Act I of Rachmaninoff's opera Monna Vanna, which had been left in piano score by the composer.
She died in 1993 of breast cancer- just one of three female international opera stars who died that year in or near their 54th year. The others were sopranos Lucia Popp and Arleen Auger.
She is remembered fondly particularly in the role of Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier (which is available on DVD.)
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