Josephine Veasey was an excellent British soprano from Peckham, virtually unknown in mid-career beyond the UK circuit, when a summons came from Herbert von Karajan to sing Fricka in his Ring cycle at Salzburg, La Scala and the New York Met.
It made her name but never made her happy. As Rochard Osborne relates in his Karajan biography, she hated working with Karajan and had hardly a good word to say for him. Jo was a formidable presence on the Covent Garden and Coliseum stages.
She turns 90 today and is in poor health.
Give her a wave.