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Leyla Gencer

Singer details:

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

About Leyla Gencer:

Ay?e 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 ?brahim 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 ?brahim Gencer, a banker related to the influential ?pekçi 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
2Arrigo ah parli a un core Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Arrigo
3Merce dilette amiche Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 5.02

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena
4In 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
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
8Perche piangete Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.16

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Ines
9Che piu t'arresti? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Ines
10Miserere d'un alma gia vicina Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
11Giorni poveri vivea Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Ferrando
12Madre non dormi? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
13Non m'inganno Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Manrico/Leonora
14Mira di acerbe lagrime Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Leonora
15Soli or siamo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: Voice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
16E deggio e posso crederlo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count
17Stride la vampa Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
18Tacea la notte placida Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
19D'amor sull'ali rosee Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
20Di geloso amor sprezzato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Count/Manrico
21Prima che d'altri vivere Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.17

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Azucena
22Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
23Perigliarti ancor languente Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: Voice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
24L'usato messo Ruiz invia Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
25In braccio al mio rival Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Ferrando/Azucena
26Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
27Di tale amor che dirsi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
28Vedi le fosche notturne spoglie Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

Roles:
29Udiste? come albeggi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Count
30Mesta e la tua canzon Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
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