Initially she won critical acclaim through concert works presented under conductors such as Thomas Shippers and Herbert von Karajan. Beginning in 1975 and throughout the 1980’s and early 90’s, she produced pristine, international performances concert and in opera.
At that time her most acclaimed solo work included Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos for which she received many awards, Bach’s solo Cantata 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Länden, recorded with trumpet master Winton Marsalis, and a unique album with classical guitarist Christopher Parkening (The Pleasure of Their Company), which was nominated for a Grammy as Album of the Year. In all she garnered 7 Grammys and 6 American honorary doctorates among many other awards.
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