• Giuseppe Danise

    Giuseppe Danise

    In a generation, which boasted so many great Italian baritones, as among the most important ones, even though today he is undeservedly underrated. Born on January 11th 1883 in Naples he studied singing with Luigi Colonnesi and Abramo Petillo in his hometown. In 1906 he …

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  • Magda Olivero

    Magda Olivero

    Magda Olivero was born on March 25th 1910 in Saluzzo (near Turin). After having taken singing lessons with three different teachers and without apparent success at the Conservatory of Turin an audition for the chairman of EIAR (predecessor of RAI), Ugo Tansini, ended with a …

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  • Pederzini

    Gianna Pederzini

    When one refers to outstanding exponents of the title role of Bizet’s Carmen, the name of Italian mezzo Gianna Pederzini immediately springs to mind. She was celebrated not only for her singing but also for her acting and for her allure. In his interview for …

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  • Augusta Oltrabella

    Augusta Oltrabella

    Augusta Oltrabella was born on December 27th 1897 in Savona (Liguria), ranges among the so-called “interesting” singers of the verismo era. Not having been admitted to Milan`s Conservatory for she had not reached the proper age yet – she was only 16 at that time …

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  • Giulietta Simionato

    Giulietta Simionato

    Giulietta Simionato abandoned the operatic stage in 1966 to become the wife of Italy’s most celebrated physician, Dr. Cesare Frugoni who died on January 5, 1978, at the age of ninety-seven. Simionato chose to retire on February 1, 1966, the approximate anniversary of her La …

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