(b Mannheim, 1917).
Ger.‐born Swiss soprano. Began career as actress 1937. Début as singer Lucerne 1940. Int. career followed success in The Consul in Lucerne 1952. Bayreuth début 1952; US début 1953 (S. Francisco); Salzburg Fest. 1955; London 1955 (concert); CG 1959; NY Met 1958. Renowned for dramatic Strauss roles and Verdi's Lady Macbeth, esp. as member of Stuttgart Opera.