(Born August 28, 1931- August 8th 2014)
Cristina Deutekom often called Christine Deutekom was a Dutch coloratura dramatic soprano renowned for having a solid, secure technique.
Her voice was in the rather special category of dramatic coloratura although it can also be described as a lirico spinto voice with an incredible coloratura ability.
During her career she sang with nearly all the leading tenors of her time including Franco Corelli, Richard Tucker, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, Carlo Bergonzi and Nicolai Gedda.
Her break came in 1963 when she played the role of Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at De Nederlandse Opera.
Following her initial success she then sang the same role in all the major houses throughout Europe- and also at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1968.
In 1974 she starred with Plácido Domingo as Elena in I Vespri Siciliani.
Other Mozart roles which brought her great success included Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte and Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito.
She also achieved great success in Italy in the great bel canto roles of Rossini (Armida), Bellini (Norma, I Puritani) and Donizetti (Lucia di Lammermoor).
Additionally she added the great Verdi dramatic roles such as Abigaile in Nabucco, Lady Macbeth, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Elena in I Vespri Siciliani and the roles that were captured in commercial recordings included Giselda in I Lombardi and Odabella in Attila.
One of her last great successes was singing the title role in Puccini's Turandot.
Regrettably her stage career came to an end in 1986 when she suffered a heart attack and after a time spent giving masterclasses she was finally forced to retire in 2004 following a stroke.
She is remembered as a performer with a fine instrument and possessing a very solid technique.