Obituary: Sigune von Osten, soprano, producer and major champion of modern music, dies at 71


German soprano Sigune von Osten died in the historic Trombacher Hof monastery near Bad Kreuznach, Germany on July 8, 2021. She was 71 years old.

Born March 8, 1950, Von Osten studied in Hamburg and Karlsruche and became a champion of contemporary music by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, Luigi Nono, Giacinto Scelsi and Krzysztof Penderecki, with whom she worked a lot. closely. In sum, she has appeared in over 100 world premieres. She was also a champion of composers of communist countries in the Society Union

It was John Cage’s performance of “Aria” in 1973 at the Days of New Music in Hanover that launched his career. From there, she collaborated with Cage, who encouraged her to become a songwriter, a requirement that goes beyond what is usually required of a classical singer. She will become a songwriter, choreographer and producer.

In 1995, she founded the Festival Musica Temporale and the Ensemble Musica Temporale. In 1996, she developed the Atlantic Rhineland-Palatinate Festival as well as the Art Point Trombacher HOF Cultural Initiative. She also organized the annual Parkmusik Neue Ho (e) rizonte festival.

In 2011, Prime Minister Kurt Beck awarded him the Rhineland-Palatinate State Order of Merit.


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