German dramatic soprano making belated US opera debuts

This image released by the Metropolitan Opera shows Soprano Evelyn Herlitzius as the temptress Kundry with tenor Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role

This image released by the Metropolitan Opera shows Soprano Evelyn Herlitzius as the temptress Kundry with tenor Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role

NEW YORK (AP) — At an age when many singers are beginning to wind down their careers, Evelyn Herlitzius is making a splash with debuts in U.S. opera houses on both coasts.

Now 54, the German dramatic soprano recently triumphed at New York's Metropolitan Opera as Kundry in Wagner's "Parsifal," and in June she will portray Bruennhilde in his "Ring" cycle in San Francisco.

Says Herlitzius: "Things happen when they ought to."