About Frances’ Forum

Frances is now back in the United States, suffering from a long battle with ovarian cancer, first diagnosed in 2007, which spread to her spine and now her brain. She currently resides at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale, NY. If you would like to leave a message for Frances, what she has meant to you or words of encouragement, please use this blog. I will make sure she hears your comments. With love, Cheryl (friend and web administrator)

7 Responses to About Frances’ Forum

  1. Daniel Shaindlin says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. Frances starred in my 1987 Town Hall production of Il Viaggio a Reims. She filled the hall with beautiful sound and was always happy to sing a fundraiser or do an extra rehearsal on short notice, without complaint and always with a smile. My thoughts go out to her family and friends.

  2. jan opalach says:

    What a generous spirit she had! and..yes she was a wonderfully comitted artist. She will be missed and always remembered with fondness.

  3. Martin Bookspan says:

    I first heard Frances many years ago in Pittsburgh when she sang Cio-Cio San in a Pittsburgh Opera production of “Madama Butterfly”. Her clarion. soaring soprano invested the role with a throbbing humanity which I later came to know was the embodiment of Frances the person. As it turned out we later became neighbors on West 68th Street, and I and my late wife, Janet (also a victim of cancer), enjoyed many hours together talking about opera and life, eating and basking in her company.

    My travels have taken me out of New York frequently, but last Spring I visited with Frances a number of times in her apartment, #707. She had rather recently returned from St Louis and I asked her to sing. I was bowled over by what was to me a newly-found power and majesty in her singing and told her that hers had become a Wagner voice. She responded with what I can only describe as awe and wonder, and promised to look into that. A few days later she called me and asked if I would like to hear her sing Dich teure Halle from Wagner’s “Tannhauser”. Would I! I came right down and heard a truly angelic rendition of that glorious music. The word “angel” has been used by others to describe Frances; it is THE perfect definiti0n of who and what she was. She enriched the world in so many ways by her presence. And yes, may her memory be for a blessing.

  4. Amy Burton says:

    I wish I had been aware of this forum last week, and in time to send Francis my love. We met doing La Boheme in 2003, and from the first time I met her in the hotel lobby, she gave me a huge hug. She was Musetta, and I was Mimi – and from that moment forward, she always called me, “Amy-mi”

    My father died in November of that year, and Francis came to the shiva. We shared a New Years Eve together that year, and she brought such joy into our home, with her two beautiful doggies. We made music and had such fun. We lost touch when she moved to Italy.

    Though we were close only a short time, she was a true friend – an angel indeed. I’m so sad that she is gone, but thankful that there was a circle of love around her til the end.

  5. Angela Sheaffer says:

    Fran, Much love to you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. I will always hear your beautiful, grand voice in my mind’s ear. Sending a million sweet melodies to hold you close! Angela (formerly married to John Sheaffer and a student of Diane Forlano’s)

  6. Judy Sandstein Reichman says:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many wonderful and beautiful memories of times gone by. Much love….Judy

  7. Linda Weiss says:

    Fran, You are in my thoughts and prayers….stay strong! Much love, Linda

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