The great soprano Magda Olivero died today at the immense age of 104.
She made her radio debut in 1932, retired to have a family in 1941, returned in 1952 and conquered all the world’s major stages. Her Met debut was in 1975, as Tosca. She retired at 71, a legend in her time, and made her last recording in her eighties.
No singer spanned more of her century. We thought she would last forever.