New Orleans Opera mourns the passing of soprano Ruth Falcon, a graduate of Loyola and Tulane Universities, who made her New Orleans Opera debut in 1968 as Frasquita in Carmen. Ms. Falcon performed all over the United States and Europe, making her New York City debut as Micaela in Carmen and her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Empress in Die Frau Ohne Schatten. Her last role with New Orleans Opera was Leonore in Verdi’s Il trovatore, which opened the 1997-98 season. Following her successful performing career, she turned to teaching and became a successful pedagogue, guiding many opera singers as they launched international careers. Most recently she had been an esteemed faculty member of the Mannes School of Music.