Viorica Ursuleac ‘s birthday
March 26, 1894, Chernivtsi, which is now in Ukraine – October 22, 1985
Viorica Ursuleac was an important Romanian operatic soprano.
Following training in Vienna, she made her operatic debut in Zagreb (Agram), as Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, in 1922. The soprano then appeared at the Vienna Volksoper, Frankfurt Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Berlin Staatsoper and Munich Opera.
She was Richard Strauss’s favorite soprano, and he called her die treueste aller Treuen (the most faithful of all the faithful). She sang in the world premieres of four of his operas: Arabella (1933), Friedenstag (which was dedicated to Ursuleac and Krauss, 1938), Capriccio (1942), and the public dress-rehearsal of Die Liebe der Danae (1944).
Arabella „Mein Elemer! das hat so einen sonderbaren Klang”