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