Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jun 6, 2015

Berta Morena (Soprano) (Mannheim, Germany 1878 - Rottach-Egern am Tegernsee, Germany 1952)


Her real name was Berta Meyer. As the story goes, the famous painter, von Lenbach, who was attracted to Morena's Rubensesque figure, helped launch her career. She made her debut (1898) as Agathe in ''Der Freischütz''. She was regarded as a "fascinating" actress and an "intelligent" singer. She spent the majority of her career at the Munich Opera. She did appear at Covent Garden during the German Opera Season in 1914.

Chronology of some appearances

1898-1912 Munich Court Opera Der Freischütz (Agathe)
1903 Riga Opera House
1903 Cologne Opera House
1904 Munich Court Opera Das Vaterunser (Rose) (Premiere)
1904 Brno Theater
1907-1909 New York Metropolitan Opera
1908 Hannover Court Theater
1910-1912 New York Metropolitan Opera
1911 Hamburg Opera House
1911 Frankfurt a. M. Opera House
1912 Zurich Municipal Theater Nibelungenring (Brünnhilde)
1912 Budapest National Opera
1914-1923 Munich Court Opera
1914 London Covent Garden  Tristan und Isolde (Isolde)
1918 Munich Court Opera Theophano (-) (Premiere)
1919 Karlsruhe Court Opera
1919 Amsterdam Opera
1921 Zurich Municipal Theater Tristan und Isolde (Isolde)
1923 Zurich Municipal Theater Tristan und Isolde (Isolde)
1923 Zurich Municipal Theater Siegfried (Brünnhilde)
1923-1924 Nuremberg Municipal Theater
1924-1925 New York Metropolitan Opera


Gramophone, Berlin 1907-11?
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Allmächt'ge Jungfrau 43995 3927r
Tannhäuser (Wagner): Dich teure Halle 43996 3928r

Gramophone, München 1909-07?
Lohengrin (Wagner): Das süsse Lied with Knote 044138 400s
Lohengrin (Wagner): Wenn ich im Kampfe with Knote 044139 401s

Gramophone, Berlin 1911-08-19
Walküre (Wagner): Du bist der Lenz, Liebesduett pt 1 with Kraus 044191 2291c 
Walküre (Wagner): Wie dir die Stirn so offen steht, Liebesduett pt 2 with Kraus 044192 2292c

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