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Dernesch, Helga

Dernesch, Helga (b Vienna, 1939). Austrian soprano, later mezzo-soprano. Berne Opera 1961–3 (début as Marina in Boris Godunov); Wiesbaden 1963–6; Cologne 1966–9; Bayreuth Fest. 1965–9; Salzburg Easter Fest. 1969–73; Salzburg Fest. 1982. Brit. début with Scottish Opera 1968; CG 1970; Chicago 1971; Vienna 1972. Created Goneril in Reimann's Lear, Munich 1978, and Hecuba in his Troades (1986). Outstanding in Strauss and Wagner. Mez. roles from 1979. NY Met début 1985.

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