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Kuhn
Kuhn
Krusceniski
Kuhn-Brunner
Kuhn-Brunner
Kurz
Kurz
Kurt
Kirchoff
Kuza
Soprano, Salomena Krusceniski (23 Sep 1873 - 16 Nov 1952) as Elektra (the first in Italy). She studied in Lwow with Wysocki and made her debut there in 1893 (La favorita). She was Cio-Cio-San at Brescia (1904) for the successful reworking of Madama Butterfly. She created Fedra in Pizzetti's opera of the same name. She sang a number of roles and was well known for her vocal and dramatic range. Valentina Kusa: Russian soprano. Kusa was seen principally at the Mariinsky Theatre. In 1905 she was released from the Mariinsky when she publicly refused her hand to a Tsarist officer of the Guard. That courage made her quite popular with the people, who showered her with affection during her subsequent recitals. German tenor Walter Kirchhoff (1879-1951) studied with Lilli Lehmann and Robert Weiss. He made his debut (1906) at the Berlin Imperial Opera as Faust. He was particularly noted as a Wagnerian singer. As Walter von Stolzing (seen here) in a 1913 Meistersinger at Covent Garden, The Times said, "Mr. Kirchhoff gives what one so rarely gets in a Wagnerian tenor, a combination of vocal power and manly personality, which is essential to a satisfactory representation." Kirchhoff sang at the 1911-14 Bayreuth Festivals, during which time he also served as the chief administrative assistant to the Crown Prince of Germany.
Austrian soprano Melanie Kurt (1880-1941) was trained by the Lehmann sisters, Lilli and Marie. She made her debut (1902) in Lubeck as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser. She had an international career, appearing in Milan, Vienna, Budapest, Dresden, London, New York, and throughout Germany. She sang for three seasons (1914-17) at the Metropolitan Opera where her Brünnhilde was "a performance on her part worthy of the best traditions of the house." At the outbreak of World War I she was advised to return to Austria. Eventually she emigrated to the United States. Seen here as Isolde. Austrian soprano Selma Kurz (1874-1933) was a Marchesi pupil. She made her debut (1895) at the Hamburg Opera as Mignon. She was invited by Mahler to the Vienna Imperial Opera where she found a home for the next thirty years. She was noted for her exceptional trill that she could hold for a tremendous length of time, paralyzing her audiences. She is seen here as Cio-Cio-San with her real-life daughter, Desi Halban.
Dr. Paul Kuhn (Schlesien: 12 Sep 1874 - New York: 20 Jun 1966). Buffo-tenor. Studied in Breslau. Sang in Munich, Darmstadt, Salzburg, Bayreuth. Munich born soprano Charlotte Kuhn-Brunner (Munich: 1878 - Munich: 12 Apr 1958). She sang principally in Munich. She was married to Paul Kuhn. Charlotte and Paul emigrated to the United States or political reasons. However, in 1958 Charlotte and Paul returned to Munich for a visit, where she died of “gastric haemorrhage.”
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