Florence Austral

Portrait of Florence Austral dressed as Brunhilde holding a spear and shield.
Title:
Florence Austral
NFSA ID:
355118
Year:
1924
Category:
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Florence Austral was born in Richmond, Melbourne in 1892. Famed as a Wagnerian soprano, she received great acclaim for her performances as Brunhilde and Isolde at Covent Garden in London. She also completed six tours of America.

In 1930, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and struggled to keep up with the strenuous demands of the life of an opera prima donna.

She made many recordings with the record label His Masters Voice but in those early recordings was said to be disappointed in the way the recording process reduced her powerful voice.

This photograph shows Austral dressed as the Brunhilde from the opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (also known as The Ring Cycle) by Richard Wagner.