The harpschordist Janine Reiss, director of musical studies at the Paris Opéra from 1973 to 1980, has died in her 99th year.
The singers she coached in major roles included Maria Callas, Teresa Berganza, Mady Mesplé, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. She was music advisor on Joseph Losey’s Don Giovanni film.
Here’s a full interview in English with Bruce Duffie.
She said: ‘I never prepare a singer for a conductor. I always prepare a singer for the composer.’