|OPERA SINGER (SERBIA)|
BORN 21 Feb 1914, Beograd - DIED 15 Jan 1965, Wien|
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Feuerhalle Simmering, 11., Simmeringer Hauptstraße 337 (Abteilung ML, Gruppe 184, Nummer 6)
The soprano Daniza Illitsch studied at the Conservatory in Belgrade and afterwards continued her studies in Berlin. On 6 Nov 1936 she debuted as Nedda in Pagliacci at the Berlin State Opera and in 1938 she appeared at the Vienna State Opera. There she became a member of the ensemble during the season of 1943/1944. In 1944 she was put in a concentration camp by the Germans because of anti-Nazi activities.
After the war she performed at the Volksoper and at the Theater an der Wien, at that time an opera house. On 12 Mar 1947 she appeared as Desdemona at the Met in New York and several more opera parts followed in 1947 and 1948. A dangerous illness suddenly ended her career. She returned to Vienna and withdrew from the public eye. In 1964 she died in Vienna.