I was very sorry to hear of Verrett's death. My only live encounter with her was when she sang Queen Elizabeth in a Maggio Musicale Firenze production of "Maria Stuarda", Sanzogno conducting, at the Edinburgh Festival in 1969. In retrospect, I'm dubious about the edition that was used, but hearing her voice offstage and then her arrival in a litter onstage at the start of the opera made my heart miss a whole lot of beats. The rest of the cast (Gencer, Tagliavini et al) weren't anywhere near her standard.
[This message has been edited by Andrew (edited 11-06-2010).]