Opera star HELEN BOATWRIGHT has died at the age of 94.
The soprano passed away in Jamesville, New York on 1 December (10), her son Howard Leake III has confirmed.
Boatwright began her career in the 1940s and became famed for her interpretations of Charles Ives' work, making the first extensive recording of his tracks with pianist John Kirkpatrick in 1954, when she released Twenty-Four Songs.
Her talents saw her perform for late U.S. president John F. Kennedy in 1963 and she went on to teach at schools including Syracuse University, reports the New York Times.
She is survived by Howard and her other son David, as well as a daughter, Alice, from her marriage to violinist Howard Leake Boatwright, Jr. He died in 1999.