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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
1Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
2Cavalier ti colse il Dio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.09

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio/Elvira
3Ah! perche qui fuggite Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.17-2

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Riccardo/Renato
4Che v'agita cosi? Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14-2

Type: trioVoice: cA S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica/Amelia/Riccardo
5Lida Lida ove corri Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: Mz S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Imelda/Lida/Rolando
6E deggio e posso crederlo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count
7Alma infida ingrato core Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.05

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta/Duke/Roberto
8Di geloso amor sprezzato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Count/Manrico
9Regna la notte ancor Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Lida/Rolando
10Ah! taci ingiusto core Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.02-1

Type: trioVoice: B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Elvira
11Vanne si mi lascia indegno Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.27

Type: trioVoice: S T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Adalgisa
12Paolo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06-1

Type: trioVoice: Br Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Paolo/Maria (Amelia)
13Ma tu Re tu signore possente Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Radames/Aida
14Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
15Protegga il giusto cielo Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.28-1

Type: trioVoice: S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Anna/Ottavio
16Odi tu come fremono cupi Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.09

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Renato/Riccardo
17Non m'inganno Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Manrico/Leonora
18Vendetta d'un momento Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11

Type: trioVoice: Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rolando/Lida/Arrigo
19Ella e pura in braccio a morte Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.19-2

Type: sextetVoice: T S S Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Amelia/Oscar/Renato/Samuel/Tom
20Mille torbidi pensieri Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.09-2

Type: sextetVoice: B S S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Zerlina/Masetto
21Sola sola in buio loco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.08

Type: sextetVoice: B S S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Zerlina/Masetto
22Guerra guerra Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Oroveso
23Miserere d'un alma gia vicina Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
24Geme pallor funereo Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.02

Type: recitative,aria,choirVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sara
25Don Ottavio son morta Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.17-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
26Wie nahte mir der Schlummer Popularity:

Opera: Freischütz, DerComposer: WeberAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Agathe
27Vegliammo invan due notti Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Doctor/Lady-in-waiting
28Che fia suonar di giubilo Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.03-4

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Enrico
29Mi par ch'oggi il demonio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Ottavio/Anna
30Ah! piu non ragiono Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Sparafucile/Maddalena/Duke
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