Sena Jurinac

Biography

Born: October 24, 1921; Travnik, Croatia  
Soprano Sena Jurinac (pronounced Sehn-ya Yoo-ree-nahts) was among that extraordinary ensemble of Mozart singers to have emerged from the Vienna Staatsoper immediately after the end of WW II. Even in the company of Schwarzkopf, Seefried, Höngen, Kunz, Schöffler, and others, the young artist with the glowing voice and assured stage manner proved herself a unique singer, making her mark with definitive interpretations of Cherubino and Octavian, Read more Dorabella and Donna Elvira (the latter second only to Schwarzkopf's magnificent portrayal). She later undertook more dramatic roles, interpreting them expertly, if sometimes sounding out of her depth vocally. Nonetheless, she was one of the world's most treasured artists in the third quarter of the twentieth century and many of her greatest roles are preserved on disc.

The daughter of a Croatian doctor, Jurinac began her musical training early. While in the primary and secondary schools of Zagreb, she pursued music at the Zagreb Musical Academy. After studying with Milka Kostrencic and less than a week before her 21st birthday, she made her operatic debut with the Zagreb Opera in the role of Mimì. Her success led to further leading roles in Le nozze di Figaro and Faust as well as secondary, but critical, roles in Parsifal and Das Rheingold. On the first of May 1945, Jurinac made her debut with the Vienna Staatsoper in one of her signature roles, Cherubino in Figaro. Her full lyric soprano made her valuable for both soprano and mezzo roles and she was assigned numerous parts done equally well by either voice category. Not surprisingly, she was engaged by Salzburg in 1947 and again in 1948 and was well received on both occasions. Her La Scala debut as Cherubino also took place in 1948. The next year brought triumphs at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and at the Edinburgh Festival.

In 1949, she also began an affiliation with England's Glyndebourne Festival, endearing herself to the English public and giving them several of her most enchanting Mozart interpretations. Three recordings resulted from her Glyndebourne association, recordings which still merit strong recommendations.

During the early '50s, Jurinac began to gravitate toward roles less equivocal in placement, adding the Countess to her endearing Cherubino, moving from Dorabella to Fiordiligi and later replacing her Octavian with a poised and reflective Marschallin. She moved from Marzelline in Fidelio to Leonore, a considerably greater leap in terms of vocal depth. The former role was captured effectively on disc in 1953 with Furtwängler leading the Vienna Philharmonic, while her Leonore was recorded in the late 1950s under the direction of Hans Knappertsbusch. Likewise, Jurinac moved from Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni to Donna Anna, where her short top register was sorely taxed. Still, the voice remains uniquely beautiful even as recorded under Fricsay.

Jurinac's relationship with America was less than fortunate. Intended by Samuel Barber for the title role in his opera Vanessa, she began study of the music, but did not proceed and was replaced by Eleanor Steber. Although Steber was highly creditable in the assignment, the thought of Jurinac's stillborn performance lingers as a tantalizing might-have-been. In San Francisco, she made her debut as Butterfly in 1959 and returned not often enough, finally giving the audience there her mature, well-conceived Marschallin. Chicago heard Jurinac in only one role, Desdemona in a 1963 production of Otello. Read less
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    Richard Strauss Collection
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107539 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Matthias Klink,  Falk Struckmann,  Peter Bronder,  Nadja Michael  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding,  Claudio Abbado,  Karl Böhm,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    The Westminster Legacy
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001999302 Release Date: 02/18/2014   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Lucretia West,  Hans Loeffler,  Frederick Guthrie  ... 
    Conductor:  Hermann Scherchen,  Pierre Monteux,  René Leibowitz,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Academy Chamber Chorus  ... 
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    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Bohm, Jurinac, Grist
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107255 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Reri Grist,  Sena Jurinac,  Hildegard Hillebrecht,  Jess Thomas
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Idomeneo / Pritchard, Lewis, Simoneau, Jurinac
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94497 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Léopold Simoneau,  Richard Lewis,  Lucilla Udovich  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 22266 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Rolando Panerai,  Sena Jurinac,  Vittoria Palombini,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
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    Marriage Of Figaro
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1097 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Höngen,  Erich Kunz,  Sena Jurinac,  Irmgard Seefried  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflote Highlights / Seefried, Lipp, Dermota, Kunz, Karajan
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1267 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Wilma Lipp,  Ludwig Weber,  George London  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704159 Release Date: 06/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Jacques Offenbach,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Ermanno Lorenzi,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Kostas Paskalis  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter,  Walter Martin,  John Pritchard,  Berislav Klobucar  ... 
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    Beethoven: Fidelio / Bamberger, Karajan, Wenk, Et Al
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704895 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Paul Schöffler,  Giuseppe Zampieri,  Otto Edelmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  North German Radio Chorus Hamburg  ... 
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    Janacek: Jenufa / Rosen, Jurinac, Soderstrom, Jones, Et Al
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704619 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Willard White,  Susan Quittmeyer,  Elisabeth Söderström,  Elisabeth Höngen  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krombholc,  Albert Rosen
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704516 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Sena Jurinac,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Biserka Cvejik,  Anton Dermota  ... 
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
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    Rosenkavalier
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 3007 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Ludwig Weber,  Maria Reining,  Sena Jurinac,  Hilde Gueden
    Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Singers Of The Century - 40 Greats Of  The 20th Century
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2078 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Ettore Bastianini,  Giuseppe Taddei,  Richard Tucker,  Mario Del Monaco  ... 
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    Solti: The Legacy, 1937-1997
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001777802 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Margaret Price,  Tito Gobbi,  Mirella Freni,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Böhm, Schöffler, Jurinac
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438670 Release Date: 11/23/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Oskar Czerwenka,  Paul Schöffler,  Walter Berry,  Erich Majkut  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Graziella Sciutti: The Studio Recitals, 1953, 1955, 1956
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0372 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Graziella Sciutti,  Risë Stevens,  Sesto [Baritone Vocal] Bruscantini,  Sena Jurinac  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Dervaux,  Vittorio Gui,  Rudolf Moralt
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    Weber: Der Freischutz / Gui, Jurinac, Christoff, Albanese
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5032 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Francesco Albanese,  Sena Jurinac,  Boris Christoff,  Sesto Bruscantini
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
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    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Della Casa, Karajan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453200 Release Date: 10/17/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Josef Knapp,  Fritz Sperlbauer,  Hilde Gueden,  Evelyn LaBruce  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro, Bastien Und Bastienne / Bohm, Pritchard
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2373/75 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Oskar Czerwenka,  Paul Schöffler,  Walter Berry,  Erich Majkut  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  John Pritchard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Ghiaurov, Karajan
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7084 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Gertrude Jahn,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Najejda Dobrianova,  Gerhard Stolze  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Salzburg Festival Chamber Chorus  ... 
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    Beethoven: Fidelio / Knappertsbusch, Jurinac, Peerce, Stader
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 118 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Jan Peerce,  Frederick Guthrie,  Gustav Neidlinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Furtwangler, Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra  [125th Anniversary Edition]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 08161 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Alfred Poell,  Josef Greindl,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
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    Wilhelm Furtwangler - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07878 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Hans Hopf,  Otto Edelmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Peter Anders Singt Arien Und Lieder
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 94214 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Anders,  Sena Jurinac,  Nata Tüscher,  Heinz Mende  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Paul Burkhardt
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    Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Pfitzner, Strauss / Anton Dermota
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 683102 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Hans Pfitzner,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Erich Kunz,  Lisa Della Casa  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Karl Böhm,  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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