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Open Features: Hildegard Behrens

Peter Wintersgill introduces us to Hildegard Behrens, who studied law before becoming a professional singer.

Born
9th February, 1937, in Oldenburg, Germany.

Adolescence
Studied law, then studied music at Freiburg under Professor Leuwen.

Adult life
Her operatic debut was in Freiburg as Mozart's Count in 1971. She later sang at Dusseldorf and Frankfurt in a wide variety of roles, including Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Musetta in La Boheme and Marie in Wozzeck.

She sang Leonore in Fidelio in Zurich in 1975 and at Covent Garden in 1976. In the Salzburg Festival in 1971 she sang as Salome and as Brunhilde at Bayreuth in 1983.

She has a bright, incisive voice and an intense dramatic personality.

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