Anita Cerquetti

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Italian
Year of Birth: 1931
Year of Death: 2014

About Anita Cerquetti:

Anita Cerquetti (13 April 1931 – 11 October 2014) was an Italian dramatic soprano who had a short but meteoric career in the 1950s. Her voice was very powerful and pleasing to audiences.

Cerquetti was born in Montecosaro, near Macerata, Italy. She originally studied violin and trained eight years with Luigi Mori. After a mere year of vocal study at the Conservatory of Perugia, she made her operatic debut in Spoleto in 1951 as Aida. She sang all over Italy, notably in Florence as Noraime in Gli Abencerragi (the Italian version of Les Abencérages) under Carlo Maria Giulini in 1956, and as Elvira in Ernani under Dimitri Mitropoulos in 1957. Her La Scala debut was in 1958 as Abigaille in Nabucco. She also sang on RAI in a wide variety of roles, such as Elcia in Mosè in Egitto, Mathilde in Guglielmo Tell and Elena in I vespri siciliani.

Cerquetti made headlines in January 1958 when she replaced "in extremis" the ailing Maria Callas in Norma, at the Rome Opera House. She was already singing the role at the San Carlo in Naples. She commuted between the two cities to honor both engagements for several weeks. This "tour de force" won her great acclaim, but had serious effects on her health. Shortly afterward she started withdrawing little by little from the stage until her complete retirement in 1961, aged only 30.

She was due to have made her debut at The Royal Opera House in the title role in Aida in July 1958, but was forced to withdraw following an appendectomy in late June. She was replaced by Leontyne Price. Anita Cerquetti was thus destined never to sing at Covent Garden.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Casta diva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
2Pace pace mio Dio Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
3O patria mia Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
4Merce dilette amiche Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.02

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena
5Mira o Norma Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.05-1

Type: duetVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
6Tu che le vanita Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth
7Ernani involami Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
8Teco io sto Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo
9Ah! bello a me ritorna Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
10Deh! non volerli vittime Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
11Un detto un sol Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Carlo
12Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
13Anch io dischiuso un giorno Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille
14Dammi tu forza o cielo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
15Oh! rimembranza Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.19-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
16Arrigo ah parli a un core Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Arrigo
17Madre pietosa Vergine Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
18Donna chi sei? Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco/Abigaille
19Ma lassu ci vedremo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02-3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Elisabeth
20Oh! di qual sei tu vittima Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.23

Type: trioVoice: S T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Adalgisa
21O cieli azzurri Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
22E un anatema Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Laura
23Ozean du Ungeheuer Popularity:

Opera: OberonComposer: WeberAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Reiza
24Giustizia giustizia Sire! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Philip II/Rodrigue/Eboli
25Dormono entrambi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
26Si fino all'ore estreme Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
27Vanne e li cela entrambi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.17

Type: recitativeVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Clotilde
28Non pianger mia compagna Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth
29Prima che d'altri vivere Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.17

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Azucena
30Ben io t'invenni Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille
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