Personalities | Emmy Destinn | Turn of the Century | Opera
Born in Prague as Ema Kittl, Destinn studied with Marie Loewe-Destinn, whose name she adopted out of gratitude. She made her debut at the Hofoper in Berlin with the role of Santuzza from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana. Her most famous performances are those of Minnie in the premiere of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the title role in Richard Strauss’ Salome in Berlin. Destinn developed a reputation as a femme fatale and her love affairs were always hot gossip. In addition to singing, Destinn also wrote novels, essays and plays. She also composed and a romance was recorded by the Victor record company.
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