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JARMILA NOVOTNÁ

(*23.9.1907 Prague +9.2.1994 New York, buried in Liteň by Berouna)


Czech Soprano

She performed small roles at the stage of the National Theatre from her 15 years. She studied by Ema Destinn and Hilbert Vávra, in her 18 years she shined in the role of Mařenka in the National Theatre. From 1927 she studied in Italy and debuted there in the role of Gilda, she received the engagement in Berlin. In 1931 she married the noble Jiří Daubek and lived in Liteň near Beroun. After the line up of Fascism in Germany she worked in Vienna and Prague. In Mars 1939 she emigrated in USA and worked in New York as a soloist in Metropolitan Opera (to the year 1956). She inspired the translation of the opera The Bartered Bride in English. Her castle in Líšeň was confiscated in 1948. She received many awards. She shined especially in the roles of Mařenka, Violetta, Mimi or Gilda, and due to her charm she was many more engaged in the film (Devotees to Sun, Fire in the Opera, The Bartered Bride, Frasquita, Last Waltz, Famous Caruso and others).