Sad news: Christa Ludwig has died, at 93RIP
The magnificent German mezzo, one of the wonders of opera houses and recital halls in the mid-20th century, has died at a great age.
Making her debut in 1946, she sang for 30 seasons at the Vienna Opera and was a regular at the Met.
Although she was known for giving no ground in argument to conductors, Leonard Bernstein adored her, as did many others.
She was married for a dozen years to the bass-baritone Walter Berry. Later she married a Frenchman, Paul-Emile Deiber.
She spoke with great candour about her art and was, I think, the first to discuss openly the effect of the menstrual cycle on the singing voice.
May she rest in peace.
UPDATE: Tributes pour in for Christa
UPDATE2: She sang with Callas and Schwarzkopf