Soprano Sena Jurinac Dies
Celebrated opera star dies at the age of 90.
Sena Jurinac as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as the Marschallin, Dec 1959 © ROH Collections/ROH 1959
We are saddened to hear of the death of the legendary soprano Sena Jurinac. She first appeared at the Royal Opera House in the role of Dorabella (Così fan tutte), with the Vienna State Opera in 1947 and went on to appear as Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly) to great acclaim with the Covent Garden Opera Company early in 1959.
You can see a list of Sena Jurinac’s appearances at Covent Garden on the Royal Opera House Collections website, although as this is a work in progress her performances as Mimi (La bohème) and Leonore (Fidelio) are not included.
Did you see Jurinac perform at Covent Garden or elsewhere in the world? Are there particular recordings you would recommend to anyone unfamiliar with her work? Let us know.