Ljuba Welitsch,83, a Bulgarian-born soprano renowned for...


September 08, 1996

Ljuba Welitsch,83, a Bulgarian-born soprano renowned for her interpretation of Richard Strauss' "Salome," died Sept. 1 in Vienna.

Born Ljuba Velickova, Welitsch rose to stardom in her debut, a special performance of "Salome" to celebrate Strauss' 80th birthday at the Vienna State Opera.

Welitsch won praise for performing the title roles of "Aida" and "Tosca," and Tatyana in "Eugene Onegin." She also gained fame for her interpretation of Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni."

Lelooska,63, a master carver and storyteller who dedicated much of his life to the preservation of Northwest American Indian culture, died Thursday in Ariel, Wash., of cancer. Born Don Smith, he took the name Lelooska, meaning "To Cut Against Wood With a Knife," and carved scores of totems and thousands of masks.

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