It is with a sad and heavy heart that I share the news that Contralto Maria Radner was killed in the plane crash involving a German Wings plane over the Alps. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this awful time. She had just finished performing the role of Erda in Wagner’s "Siegfried" at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. As a tribute to her, here is a recording of her performing "Weiche, Wotan! Weiche!" from Das Rheingold.