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Astrid Varnay

The Swedish born American soprano Astrid Varnay was born in Stockholm on 25 April 1918 and died in Munich on 4 September 2006. Her operatic prowess in works by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss took her to Bayreuth, Covent Garden and the Met in the years following the War.

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