The Greek-German mezzo-soprano Stella Doufexis has died: she was 47. Born in Frankfurt, she studied in Berlin at the Hochschüle der Künste with Ingrid Figur as well as working with Anna Reynolds. She also attended masterclasses by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Aribert Reimann.
Doufexis was an acclaimed recitalist as well as oratorio-singer and opera-performer (in which her roles embraced Cherubino, Dorabella, Octavian, Niklaus as well as modern works like her husband, Christian Jost's Hamlet). She was also a regular recording artist, appearing on, among other projects, Graham Johnson’s Schumann series for Hyperion (of which the late Alan Blyth commented that 'in Clara's three songs Doufexis finds just the unforced tone and artless, inward manner to fit their endearing mood'), a Rossini programme and the Fauré song series (also for Hyperion), the Mozart C minor Mass with Peter Dijkstra (Sony Classical), Claudio Abbado’s recording of Verdi’s Falstaff (DG), the Brahms Liebeslieder-Walzer (Harmonia Mundi) and a Debussy recital for Berlin Classics.
From the start of the 2014 term Doufexis also taught at the Robert Schuman University of Music in Düsseldorf.