Jurinac, Sena (actually, Srebrenica)

views updated

Jurinac, Sena (actually, Srebrenica)

Jurinac, Sena (actually, Srebrenica), famous Yugoslav soprano; b. Travnik, Oct. 24, 1921. She studied at the Zagreb Academy of Music, and also with Milka Kostrennin, making her operatic debut as the first Flower Maiden at the Zagreb Opera (1942); her first major role there was Mimi that same year. In 1945 she made her Vienna State Opera debut as Cherubino, and soon established herself as one of its outstanding members. She accompanied it on its visit to London’s Covent Garden in 1947, where she sang Dorabella. That same year, she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival. She also appeared at the Glyndebourne Festivals (1949–56). She made her U.S. debut at the San Francisco Opera (1959); sang regularly at Covent Garden (1959-63; 1965; 1973). In 1953 she married Sesto Bruscantini. A distinguished interpreter of Mozart, she excelled as Fiordiligi, Cherubino, Pamina, and Donna Elvira, and later mastered the more demanding roles of Donna Anna and the Countess. She was also renowned for her portrayals of Octavian, the Composer, Elektra, and the Marschallin in the operas of Richard Strauss.


U. Tamussino, S. J. (Augsburg, 1971).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire