The German mezzo-turned-director is to receive one of the music industry’s most coveted awards for lifetime achievement. Brigitte Fassbender, 78, is being honoured with an Echo Klassik, it was announced today.
An outstanding performer in an age of outstanding performers, she made some 250 recordings and lived a life that was uniquely her own. She was the first woman to record the great Schubert song cycles, and she blazed many other trails for equality and diversity.
On retirement, she directed operas, ran festivals and taught countless singers.
And she was always such fun.
Possibly my favourite BBC Lebrecht Interview (the one where she came out).