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Eva Likova, 84, opera star, teacher

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Former international opera star and University of Michigan professor emeritus Eva Likova died March 15 of complications of Alzheimer's disease, the school said. She was 84.

The Czech-born soprano graduated from the State Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and Music in Prague and performed with the New York City Opera. She was a guest performer for opera companies and orchestras in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, and around Europe.

Ms. Likova participated in operatic productions for television in the early 1950s with NBC and CBC, including leading roles in "I Pagliacci," "La Traviata," "Carmen," "La Boheme," and others.

In 1966, Ms. Likova joined the University of Michigan School of Music and taught young singers until her retirement in 1983. She later taught privately in New York and Philadelphia.

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