Broadway and opera performer Elaine Bunse dies

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off broadway Elaine Bunse-Bullens passed away on Monday August 8, 2022 at the Heritage Lakeside Rehab Center in Rice Lake, WI.

Elaine Bunse made his Broadway debut in the musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at the Marc Hellinger Theatre, written by Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner. The show had pre-Broadway tryouts in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. She appeared in numerous musicals across the United States, including a Man Of La Mancha summer tour with Ed Ames as Maria, the innkeeper’s wife, in Show Boat as Mother Superior at the Jones Beach Marine Theater and in numerous productions of The Sound Of Music as Mother Abbess. Elaine has also appeared as Maria in the Papermill Playhouse production of Man Of La Mancha and in musicals at New York’s Artpark and Wolf Trap in Washington, DC.

Elaine BunseD’s long operatic career included starring roles in opera companies across the United States. She also appeared at Carnegie Hall and a guest artist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Her vocal studies included training with Metropolitan Opera star Marjorie Lawrence, Kaye Shanahan and Richard Torigi. In 1986, she won the first Wagner Prize from the Liederkranz Foundation.

Elaine Bunse performed as a guest vocalist with the Dance Celebration company for many seasons in New York and Europe. With the star dancer of the company Laurent Leritz and New York City Opera pianist Bruce Norris, Elaine appeared at the International Dance Competitions in Paris, representing the United States. Dance Celebration received a Citation for Outstanding Performance from the Jury and a Special Commendation from the White House. Elaine sang the company’s popular signature piece “Worth A Song”, in Paris, which she continued to perform in concert throughout her career. Elaine is survived by her husband Robert, her sister Diane and three children, Julie, Christopher and Jennifer.

Photographer: Kenn Duncan

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