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date: 23 January 2020

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  • Noël Goodwin


(b Bromberg [now Bydgoszcz], Dec 15, 1917). German soprano . A refugee from Nazi Germany in 1934, she went to Palestine and worked as a nurse in Jerusalem; she studied singing there with Rose Pauly and, from 1945, in Zürich with Ria Ginster. Her début as Aida at the Vienna Staatsoper in 1947 began her international career. She sang in the première of Antigonae (Orff) at the 1949 Salzburg Festival, and the next year made her British début at the Edinburgh Festival with Glyndebourne Opera under Beecham as Ariadne in Strauss’s first version of the opera. Later that year she sang at Covent Garden as Aida, Tosca and Lisa in quick succession, and during the early 1950s she was engaged at the Colón, Buenos Aires, the Metropolitan and San Francisco as well as in major European centres. A dark-toned and deeply musical dramatic soprano, she recorded a notable Donna Anna under Moralt (...

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