Bubbles was Beverly Sills' childhood nickname and it has continued as an endearment to opera fans around the world.
Ms. Sills is probably second to Maria Callas for bringing the rebirth opera to the masses in the 20th century. She not only is a superb singer but works behind the scenes in fund raising, conducting, producing, etc., etc., etc.
The New York Times this morning has reported that she is gravely ill with cancer and has been fighting it for quite a long time.
Below is a great example of her explosive talent.
all the best, Ms. Sills. I have had the pleasure of hearing you in person and adoring every minute of it...