• 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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  • Ken Neate

    Ken Neate, The Australian Tenor

    As an Australian tenor myself, I am fascinated with the operatic heritage of my homeland, which for a small and very isolated country (especially back before easy commercial air travel) has produced some of the most prominent singers in opera history.

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    Marian Anderson

    Marian Anderson is an intriguing figure in the history of 20th Century opera. She only ever performed once on an opera stage (Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955) and yet she is one of the most important opera singers …

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  • Amelita Galli-Curci

    Amelita Galli-Curci

    Amelita Galli-Curci is evidence that it is possible to be a self taught singer and ascend to the very height of the profession, as she was at one time hailed as the world’s greatest coloratura soprano. She was born in Milan in 1882 and at the age of …

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  • Carlo Galeffi

    Carlo Galeffi

    Carlo Galeffi was born in 1882 and would make his professional operatic debut in 1903. Galeffi was a favorite of Toscanini and a stalwart of La Scala in Milan, singing there regularly from 1912 through 1938.  Throughout his career he excelled in the works of Giuseppe Verdi and also …

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