Tragedy: Famous soprano dies in house fire

We regret to share news of the death of Ludmila Dvorakova, who died on Thursday in a fire at her home in Prague.

Ludmila sang leading roles in East Berlin, Bayreuth, Munich, Covent Garden and the Met in an international career that lasted from 1960 to 1985. Czech born, her Wagner arias were distinguished by exceptional serenity.

She was 92.

Ludmila Dvorakova

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  • I remember hearing her in Solti’s last season at the ROH; he did Tristan twice, at least once with Nilsson and once with Dvorakova. I was very impressed – having expected a difference of class (rather than style) when there wasn’t one.

  • I remember well her Brünnhilde and Isolde under Solti at Covent Garden. She had a pure voice that carried well and a fine stage presence, tall,slim and beautiful.

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