Berta Morena


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(b Mannheim, 27 Jan 1878; d Rottach-Egern, Tegernsee, 7 Oct 1952). German soprano. She studied in Munich with Sophie Röhr-Brajnin and Aglaja Orgéni, and made her début in 1898 at the Munich Hofoper as Agathe (Der Freischütz). She remained with the company until her farewell in 1927, being especially admired in Wagner roles. She made her Metropolitan début in 1908 as Sieglinde and later sang Elisabeth, Leonore, Brünnhilde and Santuzza there. When she appeared at Covent Garden in 1914, as Isolde, Sieglinde and Kundry, she was praised more as an actress (she was a woman of great beauty and distinctive stage presence) than as a singer.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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