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Galina Vishnevskaya

Fiery Vishnevskaya, diva of the Bolshoi during Soviet times, was the muse of both Britten and Shostakovich, and a formidable interpreter of Russian repertoire.

Régine Crespin

Régine Crespin made a mark on operatic history. She was an outstanding lyric-dramatic French soprano with a ‘cleaner’, more classical voice than her contemporaries.

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

Perfect voice, perfect technique, consummate artistry: a radiant blonde beauty who transcended the controversy about her Nazi years.

Emma Kirkby

‘Queen of Early Music’ is only half the story – her voice is refreshing, incisive, clean and infinitely adaptable to solo or ensemble use.

Kirsten Flagstad

Glorious power, tonal beauty: the great Norwegian set a vocal standard in Wagner and Strauss that has never been surpassed.

Margaret Price

One of the most sheerly beautiful soprano voices to have emerged in the last half-century, equally at home in Mozart and Wagner.

Lucia Popp

Until her tragic death from cancer in 1993, Popp was one of the most sought-after sopranos.

Montserrat Caballé

Caballé is best know for bringing Bellini back into fashion, and making the world remember the point of him, by showing that all you had to do was sing it right.

Birgit Nilsson

Birgit Nilsson appeared on my horizon first of all as a person, then as a singer. 

Leontyne Price

Now 80, Leontyne Price was the outstanding lyric-dramatic US soprano of her generation, with a uniquely recognisable timbre. 

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