(b Jarocin, nr. Poznań, 1915; d Schruns, Austria, 2006).
Ger.‐born soprano (Brit. cit.). Opera début Berlin 1938 (Flower Maiden in Parsifal). Vienna début 1942, remaining there in coloratura roles until 1944. Rejoined Vienna Opera 1946. Salzburg début 1947; CG début (with Vienna Opera) 1947. Settled in Eng. 1948, member of CG co. 1948–52. Milan début 1948; S. Francisco from 1955; NY Met 1964. Created Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress, Venice 1951. Famous in Strauss roles such as the Marschallin, which she sang on her farewell to stage, Brussels 1972. Retired from concert platform 1975 and gave master classes. One of greatest sops. of her generation, superb interpreter of Lieder, especially Wolf. Was wife of Walter Legge, who produced many of her recordings. DBE 1992.