I was reading a blog this evening called TheGlitteringEye and discovered that one of the voices I had heard on the radio many a happy (and humorous) time, had passed away this Wednesday. Anna Russell, a singer who instilled a humorous appreciation for the opera in a variety of people and the musical community, has died.
That woman was Anna Russell, the inspiration of many and the comedic companion for numerous students of voice over the years. Anna Russell, a contemporary of the late musical comedian and piano player Victor Borge, was blunt, brash, and knew how to ‘let ‘er rip’. Her recordings, available in vinyl form at my alma mater, were played on the CBC occasionally, satirizing the great divas, arias and operas of masters long buried in their graves.
Anna Russell was born in my hometown, London, ON Canada on December 27th, 1911. She lived here on and off in Canada (in Unionville, Ontario to be exact) and in her later years, resided in Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia, with her adopted daughter, Deirdre Prussak until her death this week on October 18th, 2006.
Her lengthy life could be attributed to her sense of humor and love of life.
Do you have any memories of Anna Russell that you would like to share?