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Elisabeth Soderstrom, Swedish soprano, dies aged 82

Elisabeth Soderstrom pictured in 1977
Soderstrom made her final stage appearance in 1999

Swedish soprano Elisabeth Soderstrom has died aged 82, her husband has said.

The singer died in hospital in the Swedish capital on Friday of complications following a stroke.

During a career spanning more than 60 years, the singer performed regularly at New York's Metropolitan Opera and London's Royal Opera House.

The Royal Swedish Opera said Soderstrom had "a unique ability to move the audience both through her voice and through her acting".

Artistic director

Born on 7 May 1927 in Stockholm to a Russian mother and a Swedish father, Soderstrom made her debut at the city's Drottningholm Palace Theatre in 1947.

From 1949 to 1980 she performed at the Royal Swedish Opera, while frequently appearing at some of the largest opera houses in the world and at the Glyndebourne festival where she made her debut in 1957.

She was later contracted to the Metropolitan Opera from 1983 to 1987.

In her retirement, she began to teach singing and was also the artistic director of the Drottningholm Theatre until 1996.

The Royal Swedish Opera said Soderstrom would be remembered particularly for her performances as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and the Marschallin in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier.

She made her final stage appearance as the countess in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades in 1999.

Soderstrom is survived by her husband and their three sons.

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