Erin Wall 1975-2020

Sat Oct 10, 2020 at 11:44 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Soprano Erin Wall died Thursday of metastatic breast cancer, age 44.

The Canadian soprano was blessed with a rich and flexible instrument, and enjoyed a successful international career with an especially high profile in Chicago. She became a member of Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center in 2001 and her opera career quickly took off at Lyric and other major houses as well as in concert performances with leading orchestras.

In Chicago Wall was heard most often in Mozart roles including Pamina, Konstanze, Fiordiligi and her signature role of Donna Anna (a single stand-in for an ailing Karita Mattila). Her final role at Lyric was in 2018 as the villainess Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo.

Yet perhaps her finest Lyric appearance came in 2011 with a heart-breaking performance as the doomed Antonia in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. Wall’s last local concert took place in 2018, performing Strauss’s Four Last Songs with conductor Edward Gardner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Wall is survived by her husband, two children, a sister and her parents.

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