English opera soprano who is considered a giant in the world of contemporary British opera, particularly for her roles in works like Pierrot Lunaire. She published the influential book New Vocal Repertory in 1986.
She graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1958 and was promoted to an Associate of the school in 1962.
Illustrious composers like Richard Rodney Bennett and Matthew King have written parts specifically for her.
She married composer Anthony Payne in 1966.
She and Janet Baker are both famous English opera singers.