German opera singer Anneliese Rothenberger dead

25th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

German opera soprano Anneliese Rothenberger has died aged 83 after a short illness, friends of the artist said on Tuesday.

Rothenberger, who sang the world over with the best in the business including in Milan's La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, died in hospital on Monday evening near her home on the Swiss side of Lake Constance.

She also had her own television show in Germany and appeared in numerous musical films. Rothenberger last sang publicly in the late 1980s before retiring after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

She declined to launch a comeback after recovering, telling Stern magazine: "People said to me on the street, 'It's a shame you don't sing any more.

"I thought to myself that that was preferable to people saying, 'That old woman is still singing'."

Some sources give her age as 85.

© 2010 AFP

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