Happy birthday, Brigitte Fassbaender!
Survivor of Munich’s legendary 1960s cast, she has been a world-class artist, a gender-bending lieder singer, a thoughful stage director and a capable intendant of a state opera. Not many opera singers get to succeed at four careers.
In a Lebrecht Interview, which the BBC have archived deep in the vaults, I remember her telling me how, as a child of five or six, she ran barefoot with her grandmother through the burning streets of Dresden, masonry falling all around, her life protected by an angel.
Opera held few terrors for her ever after.