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Viorica Ursuleac Autograph on Photo

Viorica Ursuleac Autograph on Photo
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Soprano Viorica Ursuleac b/w portrait photo (as Egyptian Helena) with authentic signature. Photo by Harlip London.

The Autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

11,4 x 15,8 cm, trimmed at lower edge otherwise good condition.

Viorica Ursuleac (1894 – 1985) was a Romanian operatic soprano.

Following training in Vienna, she made her operatic debut in Zagreb (Agram), as Charlotte in Massenet's Werther, in 1922. The soprano then appeared at the Vienna Volksoper, Frankfurt Opera, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera (1935–37), and Bavarian State Opera (1937–44). She married the Austrian conductor Clemens Krauss in Frankfurt during her time there.

She was Richard Strauss's favorite soprano, and he called her "the most faithful of all the faithful". She sang in the world premieres of four of his operas: Arabella (1933), Friedenstag (which was dedicated to Ursuleac and Krauss, 1938), Capriccio (1942), and the public dress-rehearsal of Die Liebe der Danae (1944).

She appeared at the Salzburg Festival (1930–34 and 1942–43) and in one season at The Royal Opera Covent Garden (1934) where she sang in the first performances in England of Jaromír Weinberger's Schwanda the Bagpiper and Arabella (her favorite role). She also appeared as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello at the Royal Opera, with Lauritz Melchior in the name part, and Sir Thomas Beecham conducting.




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