La Scena Musicale

Monday, 31 January 2011

Margaret Price (April 13 1941 - January 28 2011)

Photo: Margaret Price

Welsh soprano Margaret Price passed away unexpectedly from heart failure in Moylegrove, Wales on Friday. A singer known for her opulent voice well suited to the music of Mozart and Strauss, she had a major international career that spanned three decades, from the early 60's to the 1990's. In addition to Mozart and Strauss, she also sang operas of Verdi (Desdemona, Aida, Elisabetta, even Nanetta in her earliest days) and Cilea (Adriana Lecouvreur), although she was best remembered as a Mozart singer. She made her operatic debut in Wales as Cherubino in her mezzo days. Later, her Fiordiligi, Pamina, Constanze and Contessa were considered among her best roles. She was also a luminous Straussian, particularly in Four Last Songs. Here is the second song, "September" from 1981 with Andre Previn on the podium.

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