Can Belto

On the art of singing and those who practice it…

RIP Elisabeth Soderstrom

Elisabeth Soderstrom, the Swedish soprano, had died at the age of 82. I never had the pleasure of experiencing her in the flesh, but the beauty of her voice and the many performances preserved for posterity will always remind us of the loss.

Elisabeth Soderstrom was one of those voices that sounded beautiful in almost anything. She did roles from Adina to Leonore, from Sophie to the Marschallin and to all of them she brought impeccable musicianship and intelligence. Her recordings of Janacek operas are still unsurpassed and her Mozart still a model of refinement. Let’s hope the new generation of sopranos will follow her example (and listen to her recordings) and bring to their careers the same sense of dedication and respect that she brought; as well as the fantastic attention to the text that she always brought to any language she sang.

To her family and her many fans around the world, my deepest condolences.

Rest in peace, maestra, rest in peace…


November 22, 2009 - Posted by | In memoriam |

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