Frances Yeend

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Frances Yeend (January 28, 1918 - April 27, 2008) was an American lyric soprano. Hhe was born in Vancouver, Washington, andhe studied voice at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Yeend was a member of the Bel Canto Trio.

Her early notable appearances:

  • The Merry Widow
  • Micaela
  • Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
  • Peter Grimes
  • La Traviata


Later roles:

  • Amelia goes to the Ball
  • The Marriage of Figaro
  • Faust
  • Die Meistersinger
  • Carmen
  • The Four Ruffians
  • Aida
  • Pagliacci
  • Tosca
  • Turandot (twice)
  • La Bohème (twice)
  • The Tales of Hoffmann
  • La traviata (twice)
  • Elektra
  • Götterdämerung


Yeend appeared as a soloist with major orchestras more than 300 times and was regular with

  • New York Philharmonic
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra


She appeared extensively in recitals in the U. S., Canada and Europe. She recorded for

  • RCA
  • Columbia Records
  • Mercury Records
  • MGM
  • DaVinci Records


In 1966 Yeend joined the faculty of West Virginia University as Professor of Voice and Artist in Residence. She retired in 1978.