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Ljuba Welitsch (Soprano)

Born: 10th July 1913, Slavyanovo, Bulgaria

Died: 1st September 1996, Vienna, Austria

Nationality: Bulgarian

Lyuba Welitsch was an operatic soprano. She was born in Borisovo, Bulgaria, studied in Sofia and Vienna, and sang in opera houses in Austria and Germany in the late 1930s and early and mid-1940s. In 1946 she became an Austrian citizen.

Welitsch became best known in the title role of Richard Strauss's Salome, in which she was coached by the composer. Her international career was short, its start delayed by the Second World War and its end hastened by vocal problems.

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