Farewell to one of the greatest voices of the 20th century, soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
This morning on the news, I heard Tom Allen of the CBC say that Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, one of the most glorious sopranos of our day, died at her home in Austria yesterday, August 3rd 2006 at the age of 90.
I read a transcript from the World Today (an Australian program) and have the link here to share with you. There are some anecdotes and quotes available that are a wonderful tribute to the woman and artist who touched so many lives.
CBS also has an extensive article about the life of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. I’d like to share a story about Elisabeth once told to our music history class by one of our favorite professors who has since retired.
Several decades ago on his honeymoon in Australia, he and his wife had the opportunity to see Elisabeth Schwarzkopf perform live at the Sydney Opera House. Watching the performance, in his opinion, was almost surreal. Elisabeth seemed to float onto the stage and sang with a dreamlike quality. Her beauty, both corporal and instrumental was very distracting, as the story goes. Fortunately, his wife loved the performance too 🙂 For so many people, listening to Elisabeth’s voice or being in her presence was very much like being on a musical honeymoon, and with that sentiment, I leave the floor open to you. Do you have any memories of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf that you would like to share?
Please leave a comment.
Image, Associated Press