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Lana Paćuka

(b Banja Luka, Bosnia, July 25, 1940). Bosnian soprano, opera soloist, and music pedagogue. She completed her elementary and secondary music education in her native town. She began her studies in opera singing at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana (Slovenia), with Julije Beteto. After the second year, she continued her music education in Sarajevo, with Bruna Špiler. The distinctiveness of her talent was recognized early on, and she graduated at the top of her class. She took the master’s degree from the Department of Voice in 1967.

Upon completing her studies, with a Sarajevo Opera scholarship, she made her début in Jenufa (L. Janáček) in 1965. From that moment on, she was engaged as a soloist at the Sarajevo Opera and, from 1965 to 1968, sang the roles of Abigaille (Nabucco, G. Verdi), Katerina Ismailova (Katerina Ismailova, D. Shostakovich), and Floramye (Little Floramye, I. Tijardović). In ...

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Angelina Petrova

(b Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, Aug 16, 1962). Bulgarian soprano. She is a graduate of the High School of Music in Ruse in violin (1981). She went on to study at the Institute of Music in Plovdiv and obtained degrees in violin and voice (1988). In 1995 she won recognition as an opera soloist in the Sofia National Opera House covering a wide range of roles, such as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Susanna (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro), Cecilia (Antonio Carlo Gomes’s Il Guarany), Delia (Antonio Carlo Gomes’s I Fosca), Rachel (Fromental Halévi’s La Juive), and Vitellia (Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito). She made her debut at Wiener Staatsoper in 1998 where, among others, she performed the roles of the Contessa (Le Nozze Di Figaro), Micaela (Bizet’s Carmen), Antonia (Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann), Liu (Puccini’s Turandot...

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Elizabeth Forbes

Member of Wagner family

(b Seelze, nr Hanover, Oct 13, 1826; dWürzburg, Oct 16, 1894). Soprano, adopted daughter of (1) Richard Wagner’s elder brother, Albert. Through the influence of her uncle, she made her début at Dresden in 1844 as Agathe. She created the role of Elisabeth in Tannhäuser (19 October 1845) and also sang in Auber’s Le maçon. After studying in Paris with the younger Manuel García (1846–8), she sang in Hamburg (1849) and was then engaged at the Hofoper, Berlin (1850–61), where she took over the part of Fidès in Le prophète from Pauline Viardot. In 1852 she was announced to sing at Covent Garden, but a lawsuit brought by Benjamin Lumley, manager of the rival opera company at Her Majesty’s Theatre, prevented her from appearing. She eventually made her London début in 1856 at Her Majesty’s as Rossini’s Tancred, Donizetti’s Lucretia Borgia and as Romeo in Bellini’s ...