• Lily Pons

    Lily Pons

    Alice Joséphine Pons was born on April 12th 1898 (not 1904 as the Diva later sustained) at Draguignan near Cannes in the South of France. She studied piano at the Consérvatoire Paris but soon decided that she was to become a singer and studied singing …

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  • Pia Tassinari

    Pia Tassinari

    Pia Tassinari, born on September 15th 1903 in Modigliana (near Forlì), was considered one of the most popular and successful singers in Italy in the Thirties and Fourties. Her real first name was Domenica which was changed into Pia when she started her artistic career. …

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  • Renata Scotto

    Renata Scotto

    Renata Scotto was born on February 24th, 1934, in the Italian town of Savona. Renata Scotto made her debut in 1953 as Violetta at Savona and then Milan. She was a virtuosic soprano lirico-leggero gifted with a velvet timbre and insuperable coloratura, supported by a good …

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  • Claudia Muzio

    Claudia Muzio

    Once described by Giacomo Lauri-Volpi as a voice “made of tears and sighs and restrained interior fire” Claudia Muzio is one of the more important figures in opera of the first half of the 20th Century.  She was born into an operatic family; her father …

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  • Lotte Schöne

    Lotte Schöne

    Lotte Schöne was born on December 15th 1891 in Vienna where, at the age of 14, she began to study singing with Johannes Ress and later continued her vocal studies with Luise Ress and Maria Brossement. She made her stage debut in 1912 at the …

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