Magazine article Musical Times

In Memoriam: GRE Brouwenstijn

Magazine article Musical Times

In Memoriam: GRE Brouwenstijn

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Gre Brouwenstijn, the Dutch soprano who has died aged eighty-four, was a distinguished international singer in

the post-war era, and a notable exponent of many of the major operatic roles. She possessed a rich voice, an imposing stage presence, and a strong dramatic instinct, qualites admired by among others, Beecham, Furtwangler and Klemperer.

A frequent visitor to London's Covent Garden, she made her debut at the Royal Opera House in 1951, singing Aida (in English), conducted by Sir John Barbirolli. In 1955, under Kubelik's baton, she sang a powerful Desdemona, and in 1958, added another Verdian heroine to her repertoire, Elisabetta, in the memorable Visconti-Giulini production of Don Carlos. In 1959, she sang what was considered to be her finest role, Leonore, the greatest since Lotte Lehmann's, it was said, in Glyndebourne's Fidelio, staged by Rennert and conducted by Vittorio Gui. After

an early career at the Music Academy in Amsterdam and work with the celebrated Hilversum Radio Choir, she sang regularly for the Netherlands Opera, making her debut with Tosca in 1947, and performing Elisabetta, Rezia in Weber's Oberon, and Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. …

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