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Pauline Lucca by Loescher & Petsch (2)
Pauline Lucca (1841-1908); Austrian soprano. She made her debut in 1859 as Elvira in Verdi's "Ernani". In 1861 the composer Meyerbeer -a great admirer of Lucca- made her sign a contract with the Royal Court Opera in Berlin where she stayed several years. During her career she performed in England, France and Russia and she also undertook several tours in America. From 1874-1889 she was engaged by the the Vienna State Opera. Important roles of her were Zerlina in "Fra Diavolo", Cherubino in "Le noze di Figaro", Selika in "L'Africaine" and Carmen in Bizet's eponymous opera. She retired in 1889.