Regine Crespin

Regine Crespin

Renowned French opera singer and teacher
Date of Birth: 23.02.1927
Country: France

  1. Biography of Régine Crespin
  2. Teaching Career

Biography of Régine Crespin

Régine Crespin, a renowned French opera singer and educator, was born in Marseille in 1927. Instead of attending college, she obtained permission from her father to study vocal music, and at the age of 19, she was accepted into the conservatory. She made her debut on the stage of the Paris Opera in 1951, performing the role of Elsa in Wagner's "Lohengrin".

A few years later, Wiland Wagner, the composer's grandson, invited Crespin to perform at the Bayreuth Festival, even though she preferred to sing the proposed arias in French rather than German during the audition. Her vocal abilities and dramatic talent were highly regarded by Herbert von Karajan, who invited Crespin to Vienna in 1967. "I need a woman, not a trumpet," the maestro said. By this time, Crespin had already performed on most of the world's finest opera stages, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In addition to her Wagner repertoire, Crespin was famous for her interpretations of French composers such as Berlioz and Poulenc.

In the early 1970s, Crespin's voice began to lower, and she had to give up soprano roles and switch to mezzo-soprano repertoire. However, this did not diminish her talent, and her roles in many operas continued to be considered exemplary.

Teaching Career

In the early 1990s, Crespin started teaching vocal music at the Paris Conservatory, where she was regarded as a brilliant educator.