Maria Kouba (1922–2021)

Austrian soprano Kouba was particularly known for her Richard Strauss roles, not least Salome, and also Puccini, Wagner and Johan Strauss. Latterly she retired to Canada until her violinist second husband where she taught singing.




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  • Otto Krcal says:

    Maria Kouba was born 1922. She was the only soprano in the world, who had her debut as “Salome”, a role other sopranos would assess later in their careers. She sang this role more often, under more different conductors and in more different houses than any other soprano. After spending 10 years in Canada, she returned to her native Austria.

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