Obituary: Legendary Soprano Inge Borkh Passes Away

By David Salazar

Famed soprano Ingeborg Borkh, born on May 26, 1917, passed away at August 26, 2018. 

The soprano, known for her interpretations in the German repertory, spent most of her career in Switzerland, receiving the high honor of the Hans-Reinhart-Ring. 

Borkh started off her career as an actress bu started to perform as a singer in 1940 when she performed in Strauss II’s “Der Zigeunerbaron in Lucerne. Her international career took off after she appeared in the first German performance of “The Consul,” appearing thereafter in such cities as Munich, San Francisco, London, and New York, among others.

While many remember Borkh for her interpretations of “Salome” and “Elektra,” both titles roles among her signatures, she was also an exponent of numerous Wagner roles and also appeared in such Verdi operas as “Aida” and “Macbeth.” 

She didn’t leave behind all that many performances on studio recordings, though some of her live performances were recorded and have since been distributed. 

She retired from opera in 1973. 

Here is Borkh in  “Elektra.”