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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
271In quegli sguardi impresso Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.25

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Enrico
272Lassu in cielo Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.08-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Gilda
273Sposa a Percy pria che Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.09

Type: duetVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Giovanna
274Quei due vedesti Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: Voice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolo/Pietro
275Creonte a me solo un giorno Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée/Néris/Jason
276Salve o Re Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
277Vedi le fosche notturne spoglie Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

Roles:
278Pace, anima cara Popularity:

Opera: Francesca da RiminiComposer: ZandonaiAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
279E ver sei d'altri Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Lida
280D'un cor che muore reca Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.16

Type: quartetVoice: S B Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria/Giorgio Talbot/Anna/Cecil
281Se voi scacciate Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.15-3

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Guardiano
282All'armi all'armi o Liguri Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Simon
283Mio padre Dio mia Gilda! Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Rigoletto
284Desta si tosto Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Anna/Percy
285O madre mia nell isola fatale Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 3.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda
286Eccolo! io tremo Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.20-2

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Rochefort
287Bell alme generose Popularity:

Opera: Elisabetta Regina d'InghilterraComposer: RossiniAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta
288Vendetta d'un momento Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11

Type: trioVoice: Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rolando/Lida/Arrigo
289Qual mesto suon Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.19

Type: recitativeVoice: S T cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Hervey/Smeton/Rochefort
290Donna reale a piedi tuoi Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Roberto/Elisabetta
291Perche mi sfuggi Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Lady McB
292Si taciturna e mesta Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna
293O sdegni tacete Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Elena
294O terra addio valle di pianti Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.16

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Radames/Aida
295Suon d'araldi? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio
296Cavalier ti colse il Dio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.09

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio/Elvira
297D'un vampiro fatal Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 3.10-2

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

Roles:
298Ella 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
299Oh! dove mai ne andarono Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna
300Vedi la nel canal morto Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.15

Type: Voice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Enzo
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