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Thursday, August 01, 2013

Sarah Elizabeth Coss, 77

Sarah Elizabeth Coss (Sallie), a 45-year resident of Westport, died July 25 at home. She was 77.

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Elizabeth Coss as Ludmila in “The Bartered Bride.” Metropolitan Opera photo

The daughter of the late Warren and Helen Pohle Coss of Ashland, Ohio, she was born on July 16, 1936 and raised in Garden City, N.Y.  A professional singer, she was also a voice teacher, mother and grandmother. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, class of 1959. 

She was a critically acclaimed opera singer and performed for many years as a principal soprano at the Metropolitan Opera cast in leading roles in “Der Rosenkavlier,” “Aida,” “The Bartered Bride,” “Elektra,” “Die Walkurie,” “Arabella,” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “Norma,” and several others. 

She appeared as guest soloist with several symphony orchestras nationally and in Fairfield County.  Earlier in her career she was a member of the Ray Charles singers on the “Perry Como Show” and was the soprano soloist at St. James’ Episcopal Church in New York City.

She is survived by her sons H. Christopher Valante of Westport and Newport, R.I., and Michael W. Valante along with his wife, Charmian Hall Valante and their daughters Olivia and Katherine, all of Westport.

She was formerly married to Dr. Harrison R. Valante. She is predeceased by her two brothers David and Daniel Coss and her sister, Sr. Anne Coss of the Ursuline Sisters of Toledo, Ohio. 

A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Church in Westport.  A gathering of friends and family will immediately follow at the church.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, 50 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880.

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