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date: 16 October 2019

Borkh, Inge [Simon, Ingeborg]locked

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[Simon, Ingeborg ]

(b Mannheim, 26 May 1917). Swiss soprano. She began her career as an actress, before studying singing in Milan and making her début in 1940 at Lucerne as Czipra (Der Zigeunerbaron), followed by Agathe. She appeared in Zürich, Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart, Vienna and Basle, where she sang Magda in the first German-language performance of The Consul (1951). She sang Freia and Sieglinde at Bayreuth (1952) and made her American début in 1953 at San Francisco as Strauss’s Electra, returning for Verdi’s Lady Macbeth. In 1954 she sang Eglantine (Euryanthe) at Florence and in 1955 created Cathleen in Egk’s Irische Legende at Salzburg. She took part in the American première of Britten’s Gloriana (1956, Cincinnati) and made her débuts at the Metropolitan (1958) and at Covent Garden (1959) as Salome. A notable exponent of 20th-century opera, she counted Turandot, Orff’s Antigone and Bloch’s Lady Macbeth among her roles, as well as the Dyer’s Wife (...

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