AUSTRALIAN opera star Jacqueline Dark has died in Sydney aged 55.
The operatic mezzo-soprano performed across theatre, cabaret, and on the concert stage, and appeared on TV show So You Think You Can Dance.
The tragic news comes after Jacqueline was last year diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
She took a step back from performing in 2022 while undergoing treatment, briefly returning to the stage in March this year with a cabaret show called Songs My Friends Taught Me.
ABC Classic Drive presenter Russell Torrance said: "Whenever she came into ABC Classic for an interview, we always ended up laughing so much. And as an artist, she was brave — just as happy singing cabaret or with electronic musicians as she was tackling Wagner."
The Ballarat-born cabaret signer died in hospital on Tuesday night, according to the ABC.
She was a guest panellist on music quiz show Spicks and Specks and performed with many of Australia's leading orchestras and choirs including Opera Australia and Victorian State Opera.
Widely recognised for her talents, Jacqueline won two Green Room Awards, the Vienna State Opera Award, and a Helpmann Award, among other prizes.
Tributes from the Australian music community have flooded social media.
Jacqueline's agent Patrick Togher said: "Jacqui's magnificent voice and magnetic stage presence entrenched her place in Australia's musical history; her indefatigably upbeat personality will be long remembered."
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And Artistic Director of Pinchgut Opera Erin Helyard: "Her irrepressible humour and life and energy and musicality made her one of the greatest of Australian mezzos."
Opera Queensland wrote in a statement that their hearts "are filled with deep sorry and sympathy at this difficult time" and revealed Jacqueline was scheduled to grace their stage later this month.
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