Last of the great Straussians has died, aged 97 (or maybe 101)main
The fabulous Inge Borkh has joined the immortals, the NZZas reports.
Unsurpassed as Elektra and Salome, and unfailingly musical, she was the great dramatic soprano of the mid-20th century, commanding every major stage.
Born in Germany as Ingeborg Simon (the date seems to be flexible) but forced to leave because her father was Jewish, she rose to stardom in Switzerland and stormed the world from 1950. She recorded on several labels, sometimes suffering from too close miking.
Her husband, the bass Alexander Welitsch, died in 1991.