German opera legend ANNELIESE ROTHENBERGER has passed away at the age of 83.
The popular soprano died on Monday (24May10) at a hospital in Munsterlingen, Switzerland after a short illness.
Rothenberger landed her first job in 1947 at the Hamburg Opera House in her native Germany and she went on to wow audiences around the world with her vocal talents.
She moved on from the stage to carve out a highly successful career on German TV, starring in her own show as well as several musical films.
Rothenberger retired from the limelight in the 1980s after she was diagnosed with bowel cancer and refused to return to the stage even after she had recovered. She was awarded a lifetime achievement honour at Germany's Echo Awards in 2003.