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date: 15 November 2019

Hillebrecht, Hildegardlocked

  • Alan Blyth

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(b Hanover, Nov 26, 1927). German soprano. She studied in Düsseldorf and made her début in 1951 at Freiburg as Leonora (Il trovatore). After engagements at Zürich (where she sang the Daughter in the première of the revised version of Cardillac, 1952), Düsseldorf and Cologne, she joined the Bayerische Staatsoper in 1961. At Salzburg (1956–64) she sang Ilia, Ariadne and Chrysothemis, and at San Francisco (1965) Elsa and Ariadne. She also sang at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, where she created Anticlea in Dallapiccola’s Ulisse (1968). Her roles included Tosca, Amelia (Ballo), Hélène (Les vêpres siciliennes), Elisabeth de Valois and Desdemona, as well as Leonore, Senta, Elisabeth, Sieglinde, Jenůfa and Ursula (Mathis der Maler). A dignified actress, she had a vibrant, creamy-toned voice, especially well suited to Strauss. Her best roles were the Empress, which she sang at Covent Garden in ...

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