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article imageRomanian soprano Roxana Briban dies in apparent suicide

By Lynn Curwin     Nov 24, 2010 in Entertainment
Bucharest - Romanian soprano Roxana Briban died on November 20, in what is believed to have been a suicide. Her husband reported that she had become depressed after the Bucharest National Opera severed her contract in 2009.
The 39-year-old singer had performed in Bucharest, Berlin, Toulouse, Amsterdam, Seoul, Bangkok and Santiago during a 10-year-career.
She began to sing when she was six, and debuted in 2000 at the Bucharest National Opera, as Contessa in The Marriage of Figaro.
From 2003 until 2010, Briban had also performed at the Vienna State Opera from 2003 to 2010, but that changed after director Ioan Holender stepped down.
The New Zealand Herald reported that Holender told Adevarul, a Romanian paper, that Roxana had problems with her voice and was depressed.
Alexandru Briban said he found his wife’s dead body in the bathtub, with her wrists slit.
He reported that she had left a note on her computer keyboard saying "Forgive me. Yours, Roxana."
A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said there is no suspicion that she was killed by someone else, but an investigation is ongoing.
A few days before her death the singer posted an image of a bloody hand from Madame Butterfly on Facebook. On the morning of the day she died she added a film of La Traviata, where she was playing the role of Violetta, who dies of tuberculosis.
More information on Roxana Briban can be found on her website.
The image from Madame Butterfly that Roxana Briban posted on Facebook just days before her death.
The image from Madame Butterfly that Roxana Briban posted on Facebook just days before her death.
Roxana Briban/Facebook
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