Inge Borkh at 100

September 23, 2017, 4:30 pm

German soprano Inge Borkh turned 100 earlier this year. Larry celebrates her centenary with “In questa reggia” from Puccini’s Turandot and the “Final Scene” from Richard Strauss’ Salome.


Puccini: Turandot, “In Questa Reggia”
Inge Borkh with the Orquestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia
Conducted by Alberto Erede
Recorded in Rome in 1955
DECCA 475 9397

Strauss: Salome, “Final Scene”
Inge Borkh with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Fritz Reiner
VICTOR 09026‐68636‐2

  • maconmac

    I’m glad you remembered Inga Borkh. She was important to my development as an opera lover. I first encountered her through her complete recording of Turandot-the first time I heard the opera. In person I saw her in 1955 or 1956 at the Cincinnati May Festival where she sang a concert performance of Electra conducted by Joseph Krips. This was early in my opera going, and I had never encountered music or singing like that before. I saw her on stage as Salome in 1956 (the second Lyric performance that I attended) conducted by George Solti. Her stage presence and skill as an actress served her well both onstage and in concert. She was a convincing Salome despite being a rather large mature woman. I don’t recall seeing her again, though I was aware of her now legendary CSO recordings with Fritz Reiner. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the related CSO concerts. Nonetheless, I have fond memories of her. Good to hear she is still with us at 100. One of my other favorites of that era-Giulietta Simionato-missed that milestone by one week. I loved her too.

    Keep up the good work