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Leyla Gencer

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Turkish
Year of Birth: 1928
Year of Death: 2008

About Leyla Gencer:

Ayşe Leyla Gencer (Turkish pronunciation: ) née Çeyrekgil (10 October 1928 – 10 May 2008) was a Turkish operatic soprano.

Gencer was a notable bel canto soprano who spent most of her career in Italy, from the early 1950s through the mid-1980s, and had a repertoire encompassing more than seventy roles. She made very few commercial recordings; however, numerous bootleg recordings of her performances exist. She was particularly associated with the heroines of Donizetti.

Leyla Gencer was born in Polonezköy (near Istanbul) to a Turkish father and a Polish mother. Her father, Hasanzade İbrahim Bey (who took the surname Çeyrekgil under the Surname Law of 1934), was a wealthy businessman, whose family was from the city of Safranbolu. Her mother, Lexanda Angela Minakovska, was from a Roman Catholic family of the Lithuanian aristocracy (she later converted to Islam and chose the name Atiye after her husband's death.) Gencer's father died when she was very young. She grew up in the Çubuklu neighbourhood of Istanbul, on the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus strait. In 1946, she married İbrahim Gencer, a banker related to the influential İpekçi family.

She began to study singing at the Istanbul Conservatory but dropped out to study privately in Ankara with her teacher the Italian soprano Giannina Arangi-Lombardi. After Arangi-Lombardi's death, Gencer continued her studies with the Italian baritone Apollo Granforte. She sang in the chorus of the Turkish State Theater until 1950, when she made her operatic debut in Ankara, as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. During the next few years, she became well known in Turkey and sang frequently at functions for the Turkish government.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Tu che invoco con orrore Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
2Merce dilette amiche Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.02

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena
3In alto mare e battuto Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: quintetVoice: S T Br cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Tebaldo/Roberto/Ninette/Danieli
4Arrigo ah parli a un core Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Arrigo
5Siete turchi non vi credo Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.15

Type: quartetVoice: B S S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Geronio/Fiorilla/Fiorilla/Selim
6Tu che di gel sei cinta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù
7Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
8Mira di acerbe lagrime Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Leonora
9Soli or siamo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: Voice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
10L'usato messo Ruiz invia Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
11Tacea la notte placida Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
12Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
13E deggio e posso crederlo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count
14Di geloso amor sprezzato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Count/Manrico
15D'amor sull'ali rosee Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
16Prima che d'altri vivere Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.17

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Azucena
17Perigliarti ancor languente Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: Voice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
18Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
19Di tale amor che dirsi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
20Madre non dormi? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
21In braccio al mio rival Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Ferrando/Azucena
22Mesta e la tua canzon Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
23Ti scosta Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.16

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
24Udiste? come albeggi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Count
25Che piu t'arresti? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Ines
26Stride la vampa Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
27Miserere d'un alma gia vicina Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
28Perche piangete Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.16

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Ines
29Non m'inganno Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Manrico/Leonora
30Giorni poveri vivea Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Ferrando
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