1927 - 2007


Régine Crespin begins to learn singing at the age of sixteen. She takes part to a contest organized by the magazine Opéra, she works with the tenor Georges Jouatte at the Conservatoire de Paris, where she wins three first prizes.  

She makes her debut in Reims in 1978 (Charlotte in Werther) and enters, three years later, the company of the Opéra de Paris. She sings Tosca, the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Cassandre and Didon in Les Troyens (when this work is unhappily always cut), Dialogues des carmélites, etc.

In 1957, André Cluytens recommends her to Wieland Wagner for the character of Kundry, that she prepares with Germaine Lubin. In Bayreuth, she sings Kundry from 1958 to 1961 and, in 1961 also, Sieglinde. In 1962 she makes her debut in the Metropolitan Opera of New York with Der Rosenkavalier. On the same stage, she sings 1968 Brünnhilde in Die Walküre, character that she also sings at the Easter Festival in Salzbourg under Herbert von Karajan (in 1967 and 1968) ; she will never sing Brünnhilde in Siegfried and in Götterdämmerung.

Later, she will sing Carmen, some mezzo characters and several Offenbach characters (La Périchole, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein). She is also brilliant in the repertory of French melody and German lied (Berlioz, Ravel, etc.).

She teaches from 1976 to 1992 at the Conservatoire de Paris and say her farewell to the scenes in 1990. She dies in 2007 and is buried at the Père-Lachaise cemetery (Paris).


Régine Crespin made many recordings (operas, recitals, etc.). We just give some examples because recordings today are often republished, compiled, etc. Do not forget that also exist many pirated recordings !

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