Destinn [Kittl], Emmy [Destinnová, Ema]
- Desmond Shawe-Taylor
[Destinnová, Ema ]
(b Prague, 26 Feb 1878; d České Budějovice, 28 Jan 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 1901. She made her London début in 1904 as Donna Anna at Covent Garden; she returned to London every season until 1914, and was particularly admired there for her Butterfly (of which she was the first English exponent) and Aida. From 1908 to 1916 she also sang regularly at the Metropolitan, creating there the part of Minnie in the première of La fanciulla del West (...