Obituary: Hungarian Soprano Julia Kukely Dies At 64

Hungarian State Opera

Soprano Julia Kukely has died after a long illness at the age of 64.

The soprano joined the Hungarian State Opera in 1978, becoming a prominent household name for the company and was also known at the Budapest Opera. She would continue with the company until her untimely death. In addition to her successful career in Hungary, Kukely performed in major houses in Berlin, Vienna, Dresden, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Paris, Wiesbanden, and Zurich.

Among the roles she was known for included Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni,” Despina in “Così Fan Tutte,” the title role of “Tosca,” and Bess in Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” She also sang the role of Violetta in “La Traviata,” Alice Ford in “Falstaff,” the title role of “Salome” and  Elektra in “Idomeneo.” Kukely also had success in the role of Rosalind in “Die Fledermaus” and Angelica in “Suor Angelica.”

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Francisco Salazar
FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

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