Death of an opera stalwart, 93

Claudia Hellman, who died in Eichwalde on May 24, was a member of the Bayreuth cast from 1958 to 1961. At the Salzburg Festival, she was a regular concert soloist for more than a decade, with several recordings to her credit.

She spent most of her career, from 1958 to 1983 as a star of the Stuttgart Opera, with a nine-year interlude at Nuremberg.

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