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Brodenova, Lida (1902-1990) | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Brodenova, Lida (1902-1990)


Historical Note:

Lida Brodenova, born in Czechoslovakia in 1902, was a performer and producer of Czech operas. Early on she began playing the piano and taking singing lessons, with the Czech soprano Emma Destinnova as her inspiration. She studied under Leos Janacek, with her principal voice teacher Sigmund Auspitzer at the Music Conservatory in Brno, Czechoslovakia. She began her career in the French theatre in Brno, and spent most of the 1930s performing operettas in various German and Czech troupes.

In 1940 Lida and her husband Boris, who was Jewish, emigrated to America to avoid persecution. Once in America Lida began performing on the radio in New York.  It was the beginning of a long career in the theatre in which she performed, wrote, and taught Czech repertory. She died at the age of eighty-eight in 1990.






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