January 16, 2008
Ilma di Murska was a famous dramatic soprano; born in Croatia in 1836, she died at Munich, Germany on January 16th 1889. A pupil of the Marchesis in Vienna; she made her debut at the Pergola Theater in Florence in 1862. After singing at Pest in Hungary, and Berlin, and Hamburg, in Germany, she was engaged at Vienna, Austria. Her London, England debut was on May 11th 1865, as Lucia; she also sang Linda, Amina, and Astrifiammante; and at the Philharmonic on May 29th, 1865. Up to 1873 she was repeatedly engaged at Her Majesties Theater, Covent Garden, and Drury Lane. She also sang in Paris and other Continental cities, and visited America, Australia, etc., between 1873 and 1876, returning to England again in 1879. With a voice of nearly three octaves’ compass, great in coloratura, she united brilliancy and originality of acting. Some of her other roles included: Dinorah, Isabella, Martha, Ophelia, Marguerite de Valois, Gilda, etc.