Annette Céline, accomplished soprano and daughter of one of the 20th Century's outstanding pianists, Felicja Blumental, passed away on 3 June following a brief and sudden illness.
During her prolific career as a soloist, Annette Céline performed at world-renowned venues including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Salle Gaveau. She was a highly talented artist with the ability to sing fluently in eight languages and appeared at music festivals worldwide including the Barcelona Music Festival singing the concert version of Beethoven's Leonora with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and eleven concert performances of Gianni Schicchi in Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1995, she also performed at the 50th Anniversary celebrations for the United Nations.
Annette Céline made a number of recordings for the Decca, Vox, Kenwood, Olympia and Claudio labels and collaborated with Luciano Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballé in a recording of Verdi's Luisa Miller for the Decca label. She also recorded Pergolesi’s La serva padrona with Sesto Bruscantini for Everest Records and the Complete Chopin Songs with her mother, Felicja Blumental, with whom she often collaborated.
In memory of her mother, Annette Céline founded the annual Felicja Blumental International Music Festival in 1999, which celebrated 19 successful years in May 2017. She also established Brana Records to continue her parent’s musical legacy; the label is dedicated to the restoration of rare recordings by Blumental and each release features original artwork by her father, Markus Mizne. Annette Céline was also a distinguished painter and exhibited in various solo and group shows worldwide as well as having a digital exhibition of her work on Saatchi online.
In an interview filmed shortly before she died, Annette Céline said “I wouldn’t be alive if I didn’t have music” and described music as being her ‘oxygen’ – a wonderful legacy for a musical life well lived.