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I got to see her live only once as the Old Countess in Tchaikovsky's "Pique Dame." She had actually retired from performing a number of years earlier and came out of retirement to sing these performances. I thought her portrayal was very moving and I'm sorry I didn't get to see her in her prime.

I think Soderstrom is one of the few sopranos who had sung all 3 female leads in "Der Rosenkavalier" throughout her career.

A friend, who was a stage manager at the Metropolitan at one point, once told me that the year Soderstrom was singing her last Marschallins at the Met she always came down and sat next to him just off stage for the entire second act of the opera. When he asked her what she was doing there she told him that she simply loved this music and didn't want to miss a moment of it.

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