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Inge Borkh (Soprano)

Born: 26th May 1921, Mannheim, Republic of Baden, German Republic

Died: 26th August 2018, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Nationality: German

Inge Borkh was a German operatic dramatic soprano. She was first based in Switzerland, where she received international attention when she appeared in the first performance in German of Menotti's The Consul, in Basel, in 1951. In 1952, Borkh became a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. She appeared at leading opera houses in Europe and the Americas, and at festivals such as Bayreuth and Salzburg. Trained first as an actress, she was admired for both singing and stage presence, especially in the Richard Strauss roles Salome and Elektra.

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The German dramatic soprano, renowned for her high-voltage portrayals of Strauss's Salome and Elektra, died yesterday.

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