RIP Galina Vishnevskaya

Galina Vishnevskaya in 1962I’ve just read the news of the death of Galina Vishnevskaya.  I’m taking it a bit hard because she was an important part of my education in classical music.  She, of course, created the soprano solo role in Britten’s War Requiem and was also a notable performer in the premiere of Shostakovich’s 14th SymphonyBoth of these works meant a great deal to me as a teenager and still do 40 years later.  There’s a good obituary in the Guardian. 

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