Destinn [Kittl], Emmy [Destinnová, Ema ]
- Desmond Shawe-Taylor
(b Prague, Feb 26, 1878; d České Budějovice, Jan 28, 1930). Czech soprano. She studied singing under Marie Loewe-Destinn, adopting the latter’s name in gratitude; in later life she used exclusively the Czech form of her stage name. On 19 July 1898 she made a highly successful début as Santuzza at the Berlin Kroll Oper, where she remained for ten years and became a great favourite in a wide repertory. Her international career began after a much acclaimed Senta at Bayreuth in ...