Obituary: Isabella Nawe Dies At 75

By Francisco Salazar

Polish soprano Isabella Nawe has died at the age of 75.

The soprano, who was born in Czestochowa became a huge name in Berlin making her home at the Berlin State Opera. She went on to sing with the company from 1970 to the mid-1990s.

The soprano established herself as a coloratura soprano, performing such signature roles as Konstanze in “The Abduction of the Seraglio,” Despina in “Così Fan Tutte,” Rosina in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Norina in “Don Pasquale,” Nannetta in “Falstaff,” Adele in “Die Fledermaus,” Sophie in “Der Rosenkavalier,” and Zerbinetta in “Ariadne auf Naxos.”

Outside of Berlin, she went on to perform in such cities as Brussels, San Francisco, Paris, Lisbon, Munich, and Vienna. She also left a number of recordings including Mozart’s “Regina Coeli” for Philips and Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”

Here is a look at the soprano in some of her signature roles.

Here is an aria from “Ariadne auf Naxos”

And here she is performing Norina’s aria from “Don Pasquale.”