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Opera Soprano, Soviet Dissident Galina Vishnevskaya Dies

The Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, a former Soviet dissident and widow of the cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, has died in Moscow, her opera center said in a statement today. She was 86.

Vishnevskaya joined Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater in 1952 and performed more than 30 soprano roles in Russian and Western operas. The opera center didn’t identify the cause of her death.