Régine Crespin

Born 23 February 1927. Died 5 July 2007
Régine Crespin
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1927-02-23
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Régine Crespin

Régine Crespin Biography (Wikipedia)

Régine Crespin (23 February 1927 – 5 July 2007) was a French singer who had a major international career in opera and on the concert stage between 1950 and 1989. She started her career singing roles in the dramatic soprano and spinto soprano repertoire, drawing particular acclaim singing Wagner and Strauss heroines. She went on to sing a wider repertoire that embraced Italian, French, German, and Russian opera from a variety of musical periods. In the early 1970s Crespin began experiencing vocal difficulties for the first time and ultimately began performing roles from the mezzo-soprano repertoire. Throughout her career she was widely admired for the elegance, warmth and subtlety of her singing, especially in the French and German operatic repertories.

Crespin began her career in France, earning her first critical successes in the French provinces during the early 1950s and then becoming a fixture at the Opéra National de Paris in the mid-1950s. Her international career was launched in 1958 with a critically acclaimed performance of Kundry in Richard Wagner's Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival. She soon appeared at most of the major opera houses in the United States and Europe and made a number of appearances in South America as well. She had a long and fruitful association with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, making over 125 appearances at that house between 1962 and 1987. Crespin retired from the stage in 1989, after which she taught singing for many years at her alma mater, the Conservatoire de Paris, and gave numerous acclaimed master classes at conservatories and universities internationally.

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Jacques Offenbach
Tu n'es pas beau ... Je t'adore (La Perichole, Act 3)
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Tu n'es pas beau ... Je t'adore (La Perichole, Act 3)
Régine Crespin
Shéhérazade, M.41 - 3. L'indifférent
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Shéhérazade, M.41 - 3. L'indifférent
Hector Berlioz
L'île inconnue (Les nuits d'été)
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L'île inconnue (Les nuits d'été)
Maurice Ravel
Asie (from Sheherazade)
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Asie (from Sheherazade)
Francis Poulenc
Hotel
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Hotel
Maurice Ravel
Shéhérazade
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Shéhérazade
Maurice Ravel
Sheherazade
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Sheherazade

Sheherazade

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Suisse Romande Orchestra
Hector Berlioz
Villanelle from Les Nuits d’été
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Villanelle from Les Nuits d’été
Jacques Offenbach
La Perichole - Act 1 finale
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La Perichole - Act 1 finale
Suisse Romande Orchestra, Camille Saint-Saëns, Régine Crespin & Alain Lombard
Ascanio La Chanson De Scozzone
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Ascanio  La Chanson De Scozzone

Ascanio La Chanson De Scozzone

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Suisse Romande Orchestra, Camille Saint-Saëns, Régine Crespin & Alain Lombard
Richard Wagner
Die Walküre (Act 2, Sc 4)
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Die Walküre (Act 2, Sc 4)
Suisse Romande Orchestra, Hector Berlioz, Ernest Ansermet & Régine Crespin
L'Absence (Les Nuits d'Ete)
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L'Absence (Les Nuits d'Ete)

L'Absence (Les Nuits d'Ete)

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Suisse Romande Orchestra, Hector Berlioz, Ernest Ansermet & Régine Crespin
Régine Crespin
La Perichole 'ah Quel Diner'
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La Perichole   'ah Quel Diner'
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