Gustafson, Nancy , American soprano; b. Evanston, 111., June 27, 1956. She received vocal training in San Francisco. In 1983 she made her operatic debut as Woglinde at the San Francisco Opera, where she returned as Freia, Musetta, Antonia, and Elettra. She made her European operatic debut in Paris in 1985 as Rosalinde. Her first engagement with the Glyndebourne Opera was as Donna Elvira during the company’s visit to Hong Kong in 1986. In 1988 she made her formal debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Kat’a Kabanova, and also made her first appearance at London’s Covent Garden as Freia. She sang Violetta with the Scottish Opera in Glasgow and Marguerite at the Lyric Opera in Chicago in 1989. On March 28, 1990, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. as Musetta. That same year she also sang Freia in Munich, Eva at Milan’s La Scala, and Amelia Boccanegra in Brussels. In 1993 she appeared at the London Promenade Concerts. After singing Floyd’s Susannah in Houston in 1996, she returned to Covent Garden in 1997 as Eva. In 1998 she appeared as Mathilde in Guillaume Tell at the Vienna State Opera.
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