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Soprano Sena Jurinac Dies

Celebrated opera star dies at the age of 90.

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

23 November 2011 at 7.11pm | 4 Comments

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.


By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

23 November 2011 at 7.11pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged bosnia, death, opera, sena jurinac, soprano

This article has 4 comments

  1. Peter Erdos responded on 27 November 2011 at 1:04pm Reply

    yes I saw Jurinac at Covent Garden in Fidelio, Don Giovanni, Tosca and the Rosenkavalier , all wonderful experiences.
    An ultimate artist , wonderful voice and a great joy to listen to.

    Any recording of her artistry is important to anybody who wants to be familiar with the great singers of our time.

  2. Julian Hopkins responded on 27 November 2011 at 3:29pm Reply

    Sena Jurinac was one of my 4 favourite sopranos of all time, seen in person (Maria Callas, Victoria de los Angeles and Renata Scotto were the 3 others). I saw her Madama Butterfly and Tosca at Covent Garden. But best of all were her Figaro Countess and Cosi Fiordiligi at Glyndebourne - her husband, the supremely gifted Italian baritone Sesto Bruscantini, was in both. She was an artist of the first order.

  3. Nick Allen responded on 26 August 2013 at 7:45am Reply

    Did Sena ever sing Oktavian, her most famous role, at Covent Garden? I saw her first Marschallin (Visconti) there in 1966 and heard it broadcast on the Third Programme soon after. It seems exceptionally sad that there is no recording (as yet) to be found, any where.
    Can anyone help? It was a magnificent production in all ways

  4. Paul Dewhirst responded on 18 May 2017 at 6:53pm Reply

    When I heard her Donna Elvira on the Philips Don Giovanni LPs in 1956 I became a fan. I saw her often in Vienna. We became friends and I was invited to her 80th birthday party in Bavaria.

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