Lyuba Welitsch was an operatic soprano. She was born in Borisovo, Bulgaria, studied in Sofia and Vienna, and sang in opera houses in Austria and Germany in the late 1930s and early and mid-1940s. In 1946 she became an Austrian citizen Welitsch became best known in the title role of Richard Strauss’s Salome, in which she was coached by the composer. Her international career was short, its start delayed by the Second World War and its end hastened by vocal problems. It took off in 1947 in London and continued in New York from 1949, but her starring days were over by the mid-1950s. Her international career was just before the days when complete studio recordings of operas were common, and although some live recordings survive from broadcasts, her recorded legacy is not extensive. From the mid-1950s, Welitsch sang character roles in operas and acted in stage plays. She died in Vienna at the age of 83.
About Ljuba Welitsch
Operatic soprano who played the title roles in productions of Tosca, Aida, and Salome, the latter being her most famous role.
She attended the Sofia Conservatory.
She debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in February 1949.
She married twice but divorced both spouses and never raised children.
She acted in one production of Salome that featured backdrops by Salvador Dali.
Information related to Ljuba Welitsch
- Bulgarian expatriates in Austria
- Burials at the Vienna Central Cemetery
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