Maria Cebotari

Maria Cebotari

Birth
Chisinau (Kishinev), Chișinău Municipality, Moldova
Death 9 Jun 1949 (aged 39)
Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Burial Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
Memorial ID 6945492 · View Source
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Opera Singer. She is remembered as one of the noted opera singers in Europe during the first half of the 20th Century. Maria Cebotari was a soprano, who sang as a child in a church in Maldovia before singing on the stage in Moscow, Russia with famous artists. She studied voice at the Chişinău Conservatory, and had lessons in Paris, France and Berlin, Germany before performing with the Moscow Art Theater Company in 1929. On March 15, 1931 in Dresden, Germany, she made her debut as an operatic singer in Puccini's opera “La Boheme” in the part of Mimi. With much success, she was invited to sing at the Salzburg Festival in Austria. She performed at the State Opera House of Dresden until 1943. She was also appearing in many Opera Houses throughout Europe including Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Bucarest, Zurich, Milano and Rome. Starting in 1936 with “Girls in White,” she appeared in several operatic films, such as "Verdi's Three Women," "Maria Malibran," "The Dream of Madame Butterfly" and the 1942 film “Odessa in Flames.” She appeared in the 1938 biography film “Giueppe Verdi.” She made dozens of recordings. In 1930, she married Count Wirubow, the owner of Moscow Art Theater Company, and divorced him in 1938. She married for a second time to German actor, Gustav Diessl and the couple had two sons. Her husband died suddenly with a heart attack on March 20, 1948. In early 1949 she became sick and fell ill during a couple of performances. On April 4th, she had abdominal surgery, which proved that she had pancreatic cancer that had spread to the liver. After her death, her sons were adopted by British pianist Sir Clifford Curzon. There has been some question about her nationality being Russian, Romanian or something else.

Bio by: Rudi Polt


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  • Originally Created by: Rudi Polt
  • Added: 22 Nov 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6945492
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maria Cebotari (10 Feb 1910–9 Jun 1949), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6945492, citing Friedhof Döbling, Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria ; Maintained by Find A Grave .