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Licia Albanese

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(b Bari, 1913). It.‐born soprano (Amer. cit. 1945). Début Milan 1934 (Madama Butterfly). La Scala 1935; CG 1937; NY Met 1940–63 and 1964–6. Recorded Mimì and Violetta with ...

Albanese, Licia

Albanese, Licia (1909)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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2013
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..., Licia ( b Bari , 1909 ; d New York , 2014 ) Italian‐born soprano (US citizen 1945 ). Début Milan 1934 (Madama Butterfly). La Scala 1935 ; CG 1937 ; NY Met 1940–63 and 1964–6 . Recorded Mimì and Violetta with...

Albanese, Licia

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Martin Bernheimer

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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..., Licia ( b Bari , 22 July 1913 ). American soprano of Italian birth . She studied with Giuseppina Baldassare-Tedeschi, and began her career at the Teatro Lirico, Milan, where in 1934 she was an emergency replacement for an indisposed Butterfly in the second half of the opera. The same opera, always closely identified with her, occasioned her formal début at Parma ( 1935 ) and her début at the Metropolitan ( 1940 ). During her career she made more than 1000 appearances in 48 roles, in the lyric or lirico spinto repertory, including W. A. Mozart ...

Licia Albanese

Licia Albanese  

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(b Bari, 1913).It.‐born soprano (Amer. cit. 1945). Début Milan 1934 (Madama Butterfly). La Scala 1935; CG 1937; NY Met 1940–63 and 1964–6. Recorded Mimì and Violetta with Toscanini.
Mimì

Mimì  

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1 (Puccini: La bohème). Sop. Mimì is a seamstress, ill with consumption (tuberculosis). After his friends have gone to the Café Momus on Christmas Eve, Mimì knocks on Rodolfo's door. She is on her ...
Butterfly

Butterfly  

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(Puccini: Madama Butterfly). Sop. Known as Butterfly, her real name is Cio-Cio-San and she is a 15-year-old geisha. She is about to be married to an American, Lieut. Pinkerton, a contract arranged by ...
Josephson, Kim

Josephson, Kim (10 Nov 1954)   Reference library

Anya Laurence

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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... Séance on a Wet Afternoon with Opera Santa Barbara. In 2011 he performed William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge with the Rome Opera Theater. He has been recognized with awards from the William Sullivan–George London Foundation, the Loren L. Zachary Society, the Licia Albanese–Puccini Foundation, and the Bagby Foundation, and has also received a Bruce Yarnell Scholarship and a career grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. He has also worked as associate professor of voice at the University of Oklahoma. Anya...

Check, Jennifer

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Jonas Westover

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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.... She next attended Westminster Choir College, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in vocal performance. During the first decade of the 21st century, she was especially successful in competitions, receiving first place awards from the Loren L. Zachary Competition, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition, Liederkranz Foundation, and the Mario Lanza Scholarship Auditions. She was also awarded a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, the Zarzuela Prize in Placido Domingo's Operalia...

Nelli, Herva

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Alan Blyth

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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2009
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Music, Opera, Performing arts
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...were with the Salmaggi Company at the Brooklyn Academy in 1946 , where she sang Norma, Leonora ( Il trovatore ) and Aida. Then she sang with La Scala company of Philadelphia ( 1946–7 ), adding Santuzza and Gioconda to her repertory. She was introduced to Arturo Toscanini by Licia Albanese and he immediately cast her as Desdemona for a concert performance of Otello . This was recorded, as were her subsequent performances with Toscanini in Aida , Falstaff (Alice Ford), Un ballo in maschera and Verdi's Requiem . Nelli made her Metropolitan début, as Aida,...

Costa, Mary

Costa, Mary (1930)   Reference library

Anya Laurence

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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... 1959 London premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Candide . She was asked by Jacqueline Kennedy to sing at a memorial service for her husband, President John F. Kennedy , at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in 1963 . In 1989 she was given the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation , and in 1999 received the Disney Legends Award. In November of 2007 she was inducted into the Knoxville Opera Hall of Fame. Anya...

Mimì

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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2008
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Music, Opera, Performing arts
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...the first Italian Mélisande). It has been suggested that Puccini was in love with Ferrani, but as far as can be ascertained, it seems that she was herself in love with Toscanini . Eminent Mimìs over the years have included Alice Esty , Nellie Melba , Geraldine Farrar , Licia Albanese (a famous recording with Beniamino Gigli ), Bidú Sayāo , Grace Moore , Elsie Morison , Renata Tebaldi , Maria Callas , Victoria de los Angeles , Renato Scotto , Anna Moffo , Mirella Freni , Montserrat Caballé , Katia Ricciarelli , Kiri te Kanawa , Leontina...

Butterfly

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A Dictionary of Opera Characters (2 ed.)

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2008
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Music, Opera, Performing arts
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...(who sang it at the NY Met première in 1907 , opposite Enrico Caruso's Pinkerton, and between then and 1922 , when she left the company, sang the role nearly 500 times), Elisabeth Rethberg , Toti dal Monte , Maggie Teyte , Maria Cebotari , Joan Cross , Joan Hammond , Licia Albanese , Victoria de los Angeles , Sena Jurinac , Renata Scotto , Mirella Freni , Yoko Watanabe (who had an obvious advantage in looks and deportment), Susan Bullock , Amanda Roocroft , and Anne Sophie Duprels . Created ( 1904 ) by Rosina Storchio...

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