Obituary: writer and translator Marion Lignana Rosenberg, 51

Posted on: December 5, 2013

“Marion Lignana Rosenberg, a writer, critic and translator who chronicled the classical music world with a stylish insight for outlets including WQXR, died on Thursday near Albany, NY. She was 51,” writes Brian Wise on Monday (12/2) at WQXR. “She had been celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and suffered a pulmonary embolism…. A multilingual writer of wide-ranging interests—from Italian art and literature to the life of Maria Callas—Rosenberg’s feature stories and music criticism appeared frequently in Time Out New York,  as well as Newsday, Forward, Capital New York, Opera News, Salon, the Classical Review and La Voce di New York…. For WQXR’s Operavore blog, she explored the theme of women and madness in the works of Monteverdi, Donizetti and Sciarrino; analyzed Cecilia Bartoli’s ever-evolving image; and wrote vividly about the Italian adventurer and author Giacomo Casanova, among other articles … Rosenberg studied Romance languages and literature at Harvard and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1983.… Rosenberg became an Italian and French translator, working for clients such as Barron’s Educational Series, a test preparation company, as well as Harper Collins, A&E Television and numerous musicians…. Rosenberg lived in Greenwich Village and is survived by her parents and stepmother. A memorial service is currently being planned.”

Posted December 5, 2013