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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
1Ella 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
2Cielo di stelle orbato Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: quartetVoice: T S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Maria (Amelia)/Maid/Pietro
3Gualtier malde.. Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08-1

Type: Voice: T S cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles:
4Suon d'araldi? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio
5Regna la notte ancor Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Lida/Rolando
6Tu qui, Santuzza? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Santuzza
7L'usato messo Ruiz invia Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.08

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
8Pur ti riveggo mia dolce Aida Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
9Donna reale a piedi tuoi Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Roberto/Elisabetta
10Ma lassu ci vedremo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02-3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Elisabeth
11E ver sei d'altri Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Lida
12Ah! per sempre o mio bell'angiol Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Leonora
13Che m'ami deh ripetimi Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Duke/Gilda
14Sulla tomba che rinserra Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.10

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edgardo/Lucia
15Ti scosta Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.16

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
16T'amai t'amai qual angelo Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Lida
17Ah! franchigia a Floria Tosca Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi/Tosca
18Soli or siamo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: Voice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
19Madre non dormi? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
20Lucia fra poco a te verra Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Normanno/Enrico
21O Luigi Luigi Popularity:

Opera: Tabarro, IlComposer: PucciniAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tinca
22D'un alma troppo Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poliuto
23O inferno Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
24Ecco il velen di Laura Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 4.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Enzo/Isèpo
25Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
26Vanne si mi lascia indegno Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.27

Type: trioVoice: S T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Adalgisa
27Vivi ingrato a lei d'accanto Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.07

Type: aria,trioVoice: S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta/Cecil/Sara
28Qual mesto suon Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.19

Type: recitativeVoice: S T cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Hervey/Smeton/Rochefort
29Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
30Deh! non volerli vittime Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
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