Falcon, Ruth, American soprano; b. New Orleans, Nov. 2, 1946. She studied in New Orleans before pursuing training in N.Y. and with Tito Gobbi and Luigi Ricci in Italy. In 1968 she sang Frasquita in New Orleans. In 1974 she made her first appearance at the N.Y. City Opera as Micaela, and in 1975 her European debut in the title role of Mayr’s Medea in Corinto in Bern. She made her first appearance at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 1976 as Leonora, and continued to appear there until 1980. Her debut at the Paris Opera followed in 1981 as Donna Anna. In 1983 she was engaged as Leonora at the Vienna State Opera. After singing Anna Bolena in Nice in 1985, she portrayed Leonora at London’s Covent Garden in 1987. On Nov. 13, 1989, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Strauss’s Empress. In 1990 she sang Nor ma in New Orleans. After appearing as Turandot at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires in 1993, she returned to New Orleans as Chrysothemis in 1994 and as Leonora in 1997.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire