Death of a French opera legend, 89main
The great French coloratura soprano Mady Mesplé died yesterday, aged 89.
She made her debut at Liège in 1953 as Delibes’s Lakmé and went on to sing the role some 150 times, featuring on a phenomenally successful British Airways advertisement in the days when airlines aspired to high class.
Originally from Toulouse, Mesplé was internationally in demand for coloratura roles, but she was drawn to contmeporary music as well and sang Boulez, Jolas and Henze with great flair and commitment.
She will probably be remembered more for the fun stuff.