Zinka Milanov

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Croatian
Year of Birth: 1906
Year of Death: 1989

About Zinka Milanov:

Zinka Milanov (Croatian pronunciation: ; May 17, 1906 – May 30, 1989) was a Croatian-born operatic dramatic soprano who had a major career centered on the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. After finishing her education in Zagreb, Milanov made her debut in 1927 in Ljubljana as Leonora in Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore. From 1928 to 1936, she was the leading soprano of the Croatian National Theatre. In 1937, Milanov performed at the Metropolitan Opera for the first time, where she continued to sing until 1966. She also performed as a concert singer and was a noted vocal coach and teacher. Milanov is the sister of the composer and pianist Božidar Kunc.

Born in Zagreb, Croatia as Zinka Kunc (pronounced ), she studied with the Wagnerian soprano Milka Ternina and her assistant Marija Kostrenčić. She also studied in Milan with Carpi and in Berlin with Stückgolt. On October 29, 1927, she made her operatic debut as Leonora in Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore in Ljubljana, Slovenia, at age 21. Her debut in her native Croatia, at the National Theatre in Zagreb, took place five weeks later as Marguerite in Charles Gounod's Faust.

After an early debut in Dresden (November 5, 1928, also as Leonora), her teacher, Ternina, was not pleased and much work commenced to perfect her technique. She performed in Zagreb and Ljubljana almost exclusively for the next six years. Later she became a member of the New German Theatre in Prague, where all performances were sung in German. She was discovered there by Bruno Walter, who recommended her to Arturo Toscanini for a performance of Verdi's Requiem in Salzburg.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Casta diva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
2Bella figlia dell'amore Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
3Ritorna vincitor Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
4Pace pace mio Dio Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
5La vergine degli angeli Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
6Tacea la notte placida Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
7O patria mia Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
8Maddalena di Coigny Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Maddalena/Andrea/Incredible
9D'amor sull'ali rosee Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
10Mira o Norma Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.05-1

Type: duetVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
11Mia madre aveva una povera ancella (Willow Song) Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona
12Ernani involami Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
13Gia nella notte densa Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
14Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Scarpia/Cavaradossi
15Teco io sto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
16Mira di acerbe lagrime Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Leonora
17Voi lo sapete, o mamma Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.12

Type: aria,duetVoice: S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Lucia
18Cio Cio San Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09-4

Type: Voice: Language: Italian

Roles:
19Viva il vino spumeggiante Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.19-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Lola
20Aure deh per pieta Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
21Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
22Volta la terrea Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: aria,duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oscar/Riccardo
23Un di se ben rammentomi Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
24No, no, Turiddu, rimani Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.15-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Santuzza/Turiddu
25Tu qui, Santuzza? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Santuzza
26Ciel! mio Padre! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
27Dammi tu forza o cielo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
28Vivra contende il giubilo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.10

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles:
29Non mi dir bell'idol mio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.17-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna
30Oh! rimembranza Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.19-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
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