[Note: This post has been updated (1) as of 1:32 PM Eastern on 19 Aug. See below.]
The splendid Wagnerian soprano Hildegard Behrens is dead. She was 72. Notable as much for her striking stage presence and expressive acting as she was for her fine if more lyric than heroic soprano voice, she brought to her Wagner roles a convincingness too rarely seen onstage. Even though long off the Wagnerian stage, her absence from the world of opera will be sorely felt.
Atque In Perpetuum, Hildegard. Ave Atque Vale.
Update (1:32 PM Eastern on 19 Aug): Obit from The New York Timeshere, and from the Telegraphhere.