Famous Croatian women- PART 2. OPERA

Famous Croatian women- PART 2. OPERA


In the previous article we wrote about the fantastic sport achievements of Croatian women through history. We will continue with successful women in the category of opera. Their voice was the most powerful weapon they had; and they were not afraid of using it!

To be a successful opera diva, except for a voice, you need to have a passion! Ruža Pospiš-Baldini had both. Ruža debuted in 1966 at the Metropolitan Opera as Maddalena in "Rigoletto” and again in 1970 she was performed as Carmen. She has performed at prestigious world stages of Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, Carnegie Hall, Madrid, Scala in Milan, and in the Vatican she sang in front of Pope Paul VI. Despite her successful international career she was faithful to the Zagreb Opera for more then 40 years.

Milka Trnina had great success on European and American opera stages, and was a champion of Court Opera in Munich. She was named an honorary lifetime member by the Croatian National Theatre. After her farewell performance, the board of lake beautification, named one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Plitvice after her.

Opera diva Zinka Kunc had the privilege to learn how to sing from one big name of Croatian opera - Milka Trnina. She performed at the Opera in Zagreb in 1927 as Leonora in Verdi's "Il Trovatore". After that Zinka regularly performed in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Prague and Dresden. Her first performance at the Metropolitan Opera was in 1937, once again as Leonora in Verdi’s "Il Trovatore". Her last appearance was in 1966. In addition to her singing success, a lot was said and written about her intimate relationship with Josip Broz Tito.

Dunja Vejzović was a world-renowned opera prima donna. After her debut at the Zagreb National Theatre in the role of Ariel Šulekov opera "Storm", she has performed on stages in Nuremberg, Bayreuth and Salzburg, and continued her career performing at the most prestigious opera stages and concert halls worldwide. She has received prestigious awards "Ortrud", "Milka Trnina", "Vladimir Nazor"...

We will end with the famous quote of Maria Callas:” An opera begins long before the curtains goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagionation,it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life for a long time I have left the opera house."