Soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf died August 3 at her home in Schruns, Austria at the age of 90. Ms. Schwarzkopf was one of the leading operatic voices of the twentieth century. Like many who stretch artistic boundaries, she courted controversy, but the most notable controversy of her life came when her early membership in the Nazi Party was revealed in a 1970s biography. It haunted her reputation thereafter.
The Celebrity Series presented Ms. Schwarzkopf in recital on 4 occasions; first in Jordan Hall in 1954, and three times susequently in Symphony Hall in 1955, '56 and '60.
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