Betty Allen was a noted mezzo-soprano who worked with the likes of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Virgil Thomson. She died at 82 earlier in the week.
Her obituary came out today--overshadowed, of course.
That was somewhat the story of her career--"I'm not a household name," as she admitted. But it was a fascinating career: from a grim childhood, to the inner circles of the Manhattan arts world. Check out this interview (unfortunately with mixed-up photos) and the New York Times obituary (registration required).