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Soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Dead at 90

Elisabeth SchwarzkopfSoprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, 90, has died at home in Austria. Born in Germany, she studied music at a young age and debuted at the Berlin State Opera in 1938.

Because of her membership in the Nazi party, which she claimed she did only to further her singing career, she was boycotted in the United States for many years. She later became a British citizen and is U.S. General Normal Schwarzkopf's aunt.

Schwarzkopf, ranked alongside Maria Callas as a giant of the opera and concert stage, died about 1:15 a.m. in the town of Schruns in Austria's westernmost province of Vorarlberg, where she most recently lived, state broadcaster ORF said, citing a local funeral home director. No cause of death was given.

Renowned soprano Schwarzkopf dead

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