Saturday, July 07, 2007

Vale Régine Crespin

Régine Crespin, one of my most favourite sopranos, has died at the age of 80. She was truly a glorious singer and to my mind one of the greatest French singers of the twentieth century.

Not only did she excel in the French repertoire, including that of Poulenc, Ravel, Offenbach and Berlioz, she could knock your socks off in Wagner. She is a memorable Sieglinde on the landmark Solti Ring; the duet with James King at the end of act one of Die Walküre is breathtaking.

I will dig out my wonderful 3 CD EMI retrospective and remind myself of her gorgeous voice.

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