Brown Bread: Anneliese Rothenberger

Anneliese Rothenberger as Lulu

Anneliese Rothenberger, an internationally known German soprano who sang with the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the 1960s, died on Monday in Switzerland. As befits a diva, her exact age had long been shrouded in obscurity; she was believed to have been either 83 or 85.

The death, at a hospital near Ms. Rothenberger’s home on Lake Constance, followed a short illness, friends told the news service Agence France-Presse.

Ms. Rothenberger retired from opera and concert stages in the 1980s. She did not mind not singing, as she told the German magazine Stern in 2003:

“People in the street would say to me, ‘It’s a pity we can’t hear you anymore,’ ” she recalled. “I thought, ‘That is better than if they said, “The old woman is still singing.” ’ ”

R.I.P. Anneliese Rothenberger 1926-2010


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