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Portrait of Frau Berta Kiurina
oil on canvas
signed, dated 1913, and sitter identification l.r.
19.75 x 24 in. (sight)
31.75 x 35.75 in. (frame size)
Soprano Berta Kiurina was born in Linz, Austria in 1882. She made her debut in 1904 in her native city, while continuing her studies at the Vienna Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Gustav Geiringer. At the early age of 22 Kiurina joined the renowned Viennese Staatsoper during the tenure of eminent director, conductor, and composer Gustav Mahler. Over the next 25 years Kiurina became one of the most popular Viennese operatic singers, with a reputation for versatility in roles for both soprano and coloratura, acclaimed for her performances as Cherubino in Mozart's Nozze di Figaro, Nedda in Pagliacci's Cavalleria Rusticana, and perhaps most fondly remembered for her sensitive portrayal of the tragically doomed lover Lady Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore. Kiurina died on May 3, 1933.