Obituary: Nada Puttar-Gold Dies at 93

By Francisco Salazar

Nada Puttar-Gold has died at the age of 93.

The mezzo-soprano died on March 28, 2017, and was a beloved Croatian singer. Her career lasted  30 years as she rose quickly to fame. She interpreted more than fifty opera roles and appeared more than 1,000 times on opera stages and at concert halls around the world.

Among her greatest accomplishments was being a member of the Berlin State opera in the late 1950s and of the Frankfurt company until 1964.

Later on in her career, she would appear as a guest artist throughout Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, and Russia. Known for her work in Verdi, she widened her repertoire and sang roles by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss.

She also frequently worked with great conductors including Hans Knappertsbusch, Karl Boehm, Lorina Maazel and Georg Solti.

In April 1969 she returned to the Zagreb Opera where she performed until her retirement in 1979.