Carolyn Long, 76, was opera singer

October 15, 1991

Carolyn Long, a lyric soprano who sang in concerts, operettas and operas here and abroad during the late 1940s and early 1950s, died Oct. 3 at Mallard Bay Nursing Home in Cambridge of complications after surgery. She was 76 and had moved from Bethesda to Cambridge about five years ago.

Miss Long also taught voice in Washington until she retired about 10 years ago.

Graveside services for Miss Long were being held today at the Dorchester Memorial Park in Cambridge.

The former Carolyn Creighton was a native of Cambridge and a graduate of Cambridge High School and the Peabody Conservatory, where she was awarded scholarships and cited as the best voice student at her graduation.

She sang in operettas and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra before moving to St. Louis.

After marrying Hugh-Blair Long of Virginia, she sang as Miss Carolyn Long and continued using the name both professionally and privately after her marriage ended in divorce.

Moving to St. Louis, she sang at military posts during World War II and appeared at Carnegie Hall with the U.S. Army Band.

After the war, she sang with the St. Louis grand opera company, then signed up with Columbia Artists Management.

Besides the Baltimore Symphony, she sang with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony and others.

In 1954, she went to Italy to study and appeared in eight operas there. Poor health forced her to stop touring. She settled in the Washington area, where she taught voice privately and at American University until her retirement.

On visits to Cambridge over the years, she sang with church choirs and in benefits.

Her survivors include several cousins. The family suggested memorial contributions to the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

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