• Magda Olivero

    Magda Olivero

    Magda Olivero was born on March 25th 1910 in Saluzzo (near Turin). After having taken singing lessons with three different teachers and without apparent success at the Conservatory of Turin an audition for the chairman of EIAR (predecessor of RAI), Ugo Tansini, ended with a …

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  • Augusta Oltrabella

    Augusta Oltrabella

    Augusta Oltrabella was born on December 27th 1897 in Savona (Liguria), ranges among the so-called “interesting” singers of the verismo era. Not having been admitted to Milan`s Conservatory for she had not reached the proper age yet – she was only 16 at that time …

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  • Melanie Kurt

    Melanie Kurt

    „The one element in yesterday´s performance of „Götterdämmerung“ that was unfamiliar to this public was the Brünnhilde of Mme. Melanie Kurt. As was to be expected from her previous Wagnerian impersonations since she arrived here, it was an extremely fine one and, lacking only at …

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  • Elisabeth Ohms

    Elisabeth Ohms

    Like Lotte Lehmann, Frida Leider, Elisabeth Schumann, Heinrich Schlusnus and Friedrich Schorr, Elisabeth Ohms, too, was born in 1888 – to be more precise on May 17th in Arnhem, The Netherlands. She studied violin and piano and only at the age of 28 decided to become …

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  • Aline Sanden

    Aline Sanden

    „What I saw was not just any Carmen but  the  Carmen. Every operatic pose retreated into the background and revealed the essence of a woman half demon half driven by physical desires whose blazing intensity reached even the remotest seat in the audience. One had …

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