Wolff, Beverly, American mezzo-soprano; b. Atlanta, Nov. 6,1928. She learned to play the trumpet and then played in the Atlanta Sym. Orch.; subsequently, she received vocal training from Sidney Dietch and Vera Mclntyre at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. In 1952 she won the Philadelphia Youth Auditions and made her formal debut with Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orch.; also appeared as Dinah in the television premiere of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. On April 6, 1958, she made her N.Y.C. Opera debut as Dinah, and subsequently sang there regularly until 1971; she also was a guest artist with various other opera companies in the U.S. and abroad.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire