Anne Pashley

Anne Pashley

Birth
Skegness, East Lindsey District, Lincolnshire, England
Death 7 Oct 2016 (aged 81)
Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth Borough, Norfolk, England
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Ashes given to her daughter.
Memorial ID 170981385 · View Source
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Opera Singer, Olympic Athlete. A soprano, she shall be remembered as the only Olympic medalist ever to sing at Covent Garden. Raised on the North Sea coast, she manifested her athletic talent early and in 1953 captured a Bronze Medal in the Women's 100 meters at the European Games, an achievement followed by her taking a Silver Medal for England in the Women's 4 X 100 meter Relay at the 1956 Melbourne Olympiad. Following study at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she made her 1959 professional debut in a Handel Opera Society production of "Semele". First heard at Glyndebourne in 1962 as the Second Boy in Mozart's "The Magic Flute", Anne bowed at Covent Garden in 1965 as Barbarina from the same composer's "The Marriage of Figaro"; over the next two decades, she was heard with the English National Opera, the Welsh National Opera, the Scottish Opera, and at the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh Festivals, in addition to her guest appearances in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Israel, and elsewhere. Anne participated in the New Opera Company's 1970 British premiere of Paul Hindemith's "Cardillac", appeared in at least eight BBC opera presentations, and sang at the BBC Proms on a number of occasions. Married to tenor Jack Irons, she resided in France until returning to England following her husband's 2005 death. She died in a nursing facility after a protracted battle with cancer; at her demise she could be heard on numerous live recordings as well as well as Daniel Barenboim's presentation of the Bach "Magnificat" (BWV 243) and Sir Colin Davis' readings of Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes", in which she sang the Second Niece, and Hector Berlioz' one-woman chamber work "La Morte de Cleopatre". Some sources list her birth year as 1937.

Bio by: Bob Hufford


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  • Added: 7 Oct 2016
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Anne Pashley (5 Jun 1935–7 Oct 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 170981385, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, who reports a Ashes given to her daughter..