Vishnevskaya with husband, cellist Mistislav Rostropovich
Russian soprano and political dissident Galina Vishnevskaya died yesterday in Moscow.
Ms. Vishnevskaya appeared twice on the Celebrity Series, in her first American recital in 1960 and again in 1961. Boston Globe critic Kevin Kelly reviewed her second Celebrity Series performance, "Galina Vishnevskaya ... is the kind of singer who ruffles the cool detachment of a supposedly objective critic. I would have voted for her before she opened her mouth."
New York Times