Russian opera singer Elena Obraztsova has died, aged 75.

The world-renowned mezzo-soprano passed away in Germany on Monday (12Jan15). The cause of her death was not released as Wenn went to press.

Obraztsova had suffered ill health in recent years and moved to Germany to recover from a bout of pneumonia last summer (14). She was forced to cancel a performance at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia in December (14) due to ill health.

She performed in more than 100 opera roles around the world during her career, at prestigious venues such as Milan's La Scala and New York's The Metropolitan Opera.

Obraztsova appeared opposite veteran tenor Placido Domingo in a Tv movie version of Carmen in 1978, and she acted and sang in several other Tv musicals including Medea, Don Carlo and Cavalleria Rusticana.

Obrazstova was awarded a string of honorary titles in Russia in recognition of her career including People's Artist of the Ussr (Soviet Union), the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, and the Soviet Union's highest honour, the Order of Lenin.