Jessye Norman, one of the great singers of our time, died on 30 September. Her unmistakable voice, her dramatic intensity and her broad palette of expressive nuances fascinated opera and concert audiences throughout the world. Jessye Norman appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker several times after her debut under Riccardo Muti with Berlioz’s La Mort de Cléopâtre in February 1983.
This appearance was followed by interpretations of orchestral songs of Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler, some of which were also released on CD. The highlights of her collaboration with the orchestra were tour concerts in the US and Japan as well as the New Year’s Eve concert in 1987, at which Jessye Norman sang Isolde’s Liebestod by Richard Wagner, conducted by Herbert von Karajan.