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Destinn, Emmy

Destinn, Emmy [ Kittl, Ema] (b Prague, 1878; d C̆eskĕ Budĕjovice, 1930). Cz. soprano. Trained as violinist but her vocal prowess was noticed and she studied with Marie Loewe-Destinn, whose name she adopted. Début Berlin Kroll Opera 1898 (Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana) repeating role 2 months later at Court Opera where she remained until 1908. Sang at CG 1904–14 and 1919, and NY Met 1908–16 and 1919–21. Senta in first Bayreuth Fliegende Holländer, 1901; Diemut in Feuersnot 1901 and first Berlin Salome 1906. First Butterfly at CG 1905 (with Caruso) and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin 1906. Created role of Minnie in La fanciulla del West 1910. In 1914–18 war adopted name Ema Destinnová; was interned on her Bohem. estate for duration because of her sympathy with Cz. national movt. Returned to Met and CG 1919 as Aida. Retired from stage 1926 but sang in London at concert cond. by Wood in 1928.

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Destinn, Emmy

Emmy Destinn (Ema Kittl) (dĕs´tĬn), 1878–1930, Czechoslovakian soprano. She debuted in Berlin in 1898 before singing the title role in the London production of Madame Butterfly in 1905. She also sang the title role in the Berlin and Paris premieres of Richard Strauss's Salome in 1906. She debuted (1908) with the Metropolitan Opera in New York where she stayed until 1916.

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