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Classical Notes: August 21, 2009 Archive

R. I. P. Hildegard Behrens

Posted at 3:50 PM on August 21, 2009 by Rex Levang
Filed under: Musician stories

The German soprano Hildegard Behrens died earlier this week, at 72. Many people will remember her, especially, for her leading roles in the Metropolitan's "Ring" cycle in the 1980s, which were seen widely on TV and video. Words like "commitment" and "intensity" are used again and again to describe her performances--this clip from Strauss's "Elektra" will give an idea why.

(You can read more about her life and career in this obituary from the Philadelphia Enquirer.)