Actress and opera singer Joan August Kucinski died of natural causes on Jan. 7. She was 83.
Kucinski was an original Broadway cast member of “Camelot” (1961), starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet, and also appeared on the original Broadway cast recording. She also appeared in the Broadway musical “Destry Rides Again” (1959) and was Kate Pinkerton in a 1965 production of “Madame Butterfly” with the New York City Opera Company, where she performed for 20 years.
During this period she met and married her husband Arthur Kucinski, also a member of the New York City Opera. After they left the NYC Opera, the couple opened Glorianna Prods., where they performed Gilbert and Sullivan throughout the U.S.
Joan August was born in Chicago, graduated from Northwestern U. School of Music and studied music four years in Italy.
Her husband died in 1999. Kucinski is survived by her brother-in-law, Fritz Kucinski, and several nieces and nephews.