Keepin’ It Real

July 6, 2007

Adieu, Mme. Crespin

Filed under: Culture — mary @ 7:46 pm

Another great soprano passed away this week. Yesterday, French soprano, Regine Crespin, died of cancer in Paris. She was 80.

Just as Beverly Sills could be classified as an all-American singer. Crespin could be classified as the quintessential French singer, blending perfectly text and music into a beautiful synthesis.

Here is a perfect example of the French style as displayed by Regine Crespin, a 1964 performance of Gabriel Faure’s beautiful song Soir (Evening). If you follow the subtitles, you can see how she gently shades the poetry of this beautiful song.

Here is a tribute to Mme. Crespin by Opera News, which is well worth the read:

http://www.metoperafamily.org/operanews/news/pressrelease.aspx?id=1427

This has certainly been a sad week for the opera world.

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