A leading dramatic soprano and one of the world’s most acclaimed interpreters of the principal roles in the operas of Wagner and Richard Strauss. She won the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition as well as the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Philadelphia. Since 1991 she has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera and in the world’s most prominent theatres and concert venues. Her extensive discography includes two solo albums for EMI Classics along with opera recordings, such as Wagner’s complete Ring cycle (which won a Grammy). She is both a performer and host for the Met’s “Live in HD” series, which is transmitted live to movie theatres across the US and in other countries. She gives master classes all over the world. She has been honoured in France as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, was Vocalist of the Year for 2003, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of South Carolina, and won the Opera News Award for 2007.