Elizabeth Parcells, coloratura soprano, studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. While in the fellowship program of the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, she made her Boston Symphony debut under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. She went on to be a winner of the Metropolitan Opera Council National Final Auditions in New York, and from there launched her European opera career. Ms. Parcells is also an acclaimed concert singer, with a particular gift for contemporary music, and has worked with such composers as Jolas, Henze, Martino, Pinkham and others. In the Whims of the Wind was written for her by Lydia Kavina. Her farewell recital was given at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York in February, 2005. Elizabeth Parcells died of cancer on December 29, 2005 at her home one day after her 54th birthday.