Margarita Perra


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(b Monastir [now Bitola, Macedonia] or Salonica, 15 Jan 1908; d Zürich, 2 Feb 1984). Greek soprano. She studied at the Salonica State Conservatory and then at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik; there, in 1927 as Norina, she caught the attention of Bruno Walter, who engaged her for the Städtische Oper. She appeared as Nuri in Eugen d᾽Albert's Tiefland and as Cupid in C. W. Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice (1927) and sang the title role in the Berlin première of Paul Graener's Hanneles Himmelfahrt (1928). She later moved to the Berlin Staatsoper, having toured in Spain, Argentina and Brazil. In 1935 she was engaged by the Vienna Staatsoper and was highly praised as W. A. Mozart's Konstanze under Felix Weingartner. She repeated the role in Salzburg (1935) and at Glyndebourne (1937), and had further successes as the Queen of Night, Susanna, Pamina and other Mozart roles. In 1936 she sang Gilda at Covent Garden. Having married in 1937, she settled in Zürich and until 1944 appeared only in recitals, but returned to the operatic stage for a season in Vienna (1946–7). Her firm, well-schooled voice possessed a gently glowing tone colour.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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