Melanie Kurt


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(b Vienna, 8 Jan 1880; d New York, 11 March 1941). Austrian soprano. She studied in Vienna with Fannie Müller and in 1902 made her début at Lübeck as Elisabeth. After a season in Leipzig she withdrew for further study with Lilli Lehmann and her sister Marie in Berlin. She joined the Hoftheater, Brunswick, in 1905 and was engaged at Berlin (1908–15). She sang at Covent Garden in 1910 as Sieglinde and Brünnhilde (Die Walküre) and in 1914 as Kundry. From 1915 to 1917 she sang at the Metropolitan Opera, making her début as Isolde and singing, as well as the Wagner repertory, the title role in Iphigénie en Tauride, Leonore (Fidelio), Pamina, Santuzza and the Marschallin. In 1920 she joined the Berlin Volksoper, where she sang until 1925. She possessed a rich, powerful dramatic soprano voice, evinced in her recordings of Wagner, and had outstanding dramatic presence.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

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