d'Angelo, Gianna

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Gianna d'Angelo MINT HILL Gianna d'Angelo, 84, an American coloratura soprano, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Lawyers Glen Assisted Living in Mint Hill, following several years of declining health. Ms. d'Angelo loved music from an early age and studied at the Julliard School in New York City. She later moved to Italy to study as a pupil of Toti Dal Monte. She made her debut as Gilda in Rigoletto in 1954 at the Baths of Caracalla and she was soon invited to all the major Italian opera houses. Ms. d'Angelo made her American debut at the Cosmopolitan Opera in San Francisco in 1959 and the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1961 as Gilda and remained there for eight seasons. In 1970, she began her teaching career at the Jacobs School of Music, University of Indiana at Bloomington, retiring in 1997 as professor emeritus. Born Jane Angelovich Nov. 18, 1929, in Hartford, Conn., Ms. d'Angelo was the daughter of the late Stephen Howard and Dorothy Holt Angelovich. Her sister, Ruth Angelovich Morrison, preceded her in death. The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at Rocky River Presbyterian Church, Concord, with a graveside service immediately following. Survivors include her nephew and nieces, Ross "Kinny" Morrison III (Deatry), of Harrisburg, Johnna Morrison Ritchie (Dale) and Krista Morrison Eason (Malcolm), of Concord; and six great-nieces and nephews, Melissa Morrison, Mark Morrison, Ethan Ritchie, Kendal Ritchie and Joseph and Micheal Eason. Wilkinson Funeral Home of Concord will be handling the arrangements.

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