Milanov [née Kunc; Ilić], Zinka
- Harold Rosenthal
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(b Zagreb, May 17, 1906; d New York, May 30, 1989). Croatian soprano. She studied at the Zagreb Academy of Music, and with Milka Ternina, Maria Kostrenćić and Fernando Carpi, making her début as Leonora (Il trovatore) at Ljubljana in 1927; she was the leading soprano at the Zagreb Opera from 1928 to 1935, singing such roles as Sieglinde, the Marschallin, Rachel and Minnie. After appearances at the Deutsches Theater, Prague, in 1937 and at the Salzburg Festival the same year (where she sang an acclaimed Verdi Requiem with Toscanini), she began a long association with the Metropolitan Opera, making her début as Leonora (Il trovatore) and appearing every season (except for 1941–2 and 1947–50) until her farewell performance as Maddalena de Coigny (Andrea Chénier) in 1966; with the company she gave 424 performances in 14 works – notably as the principal Verdi and Puccini heroines, but also as Norma, Donna Anna, Santuzza, Maddalena de Coigny and La Gioconda. She appeared at the Teatro Colón (...