Argentine soprano Florencia Fabris suffers aneurysm during Verdi’s “Requiem” and dies after surgery

by Mark Gresham | 2 Sep 2013

Florencia Fabris

Argentine soprano Florencia Fabris died yesterday after an emergency operation in the city of Mendoza, where she was taken by ambulance after suffering an aneurysm during a performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” at the Auditorio Juan Victoria in San Juan, Argentina.

The young singer of 38 years was the mother of two children, ages seven and nine. She arrived Friday in San Juan from Buenos Aires to perform the “Requiem” for the first time. ArtsJournal blogger Norman Lebrecht reported earlier today that Fabris had “felt bad during the performance, but refused to leave the stage.”

Fabris was treated by doctors who witnessed the performance and recommended moving her to the nearest hospital where she was diagnosed with a stroke. By decision of her family, the singer was then taken by ambulance to a hospital in Mendoza, over 100 mikes away, where she was operated on successfully, but after surgery suffered another stroke which caused her death.

Fabris began singing as a child in the Children’s Choir of Teatro Colón under the direction of Valdo Sciammarella and graduated in opera singing at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy. She has sung leading soprano roles in operas such as Il trovatore, Madama Butterfly, Francesca da Rimini, Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci and Don Carlos.

In the YouTube video below, Fabris sings the Czárdás from Die Fledermaus, translated into the vernacular Argentine Spanish, at an outdoor gala with conductor Mario Perusso and the Mar del Plata Symphony Orchestra on January 22, 2011.