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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
301Vittoria Vittoria! Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.09-3

Type: trio,choirVoice: T Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macduff/Macbeth/Malcolm
302Mesta e la tua canzon Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
303Va la morte sul capo ti pende Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.07

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta/Roberto/Duke
304Regna la notte ancor Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Lida/Rolando
305O fatal scritto Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille
306Or che reso ai patrii lidi Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.16

Type: recitativeVoice: B T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Percy/Anna/Rochefort
307Vittoria Vittoria Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: quartetVoice: S Mz T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lida/Imelda/Arrigo/2nd Consul
308Geme pallor funereo Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.02

Type: recitative,aria,choirVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sara
309T'amai t'amai qual angelo Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Lida
310E ancora sgombro il campo Popularity:

Opera: Francesca da RiminiComposer: ZandonaiAct: 2.01

Type: quartetVoice: Br T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Torrigiano/Balestriere/Francesca/Paolo
311Quest alma e troppo debole Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.05

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolina/Severo
312Lida Lida ove corri Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: Mz S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Imelda/Lida/Rolando
313Gran Dio il benedici Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: quartet,choir,finaleVoice: Br S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Fiesco
314Che Signor tu qui? Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lida/Marcovaldo/Imelda
315Ah! dove il perfido Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.21

Type: recitativeVoice: S S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Zerlina/Ottavio/Masetto
316Ad Arturo onore Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.11

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

Roles:
317Quante volte come un dono Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lida
318Digli che sangue italico Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lida/Rolando
319Ecco respiro appena Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana
320No son tuo figlio Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: Voice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
321Oh! di funesta possa Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
322Oggi noi siam percossi dal fato Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.13-3

Type: duet,choirVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amonasro
323Figlia a tal nome io palpito Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)
324O volutta del soglio Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
325Ah! Madre, se ognor lontano Popularity:

Opera: Lucrezia BorgiaComposer: DonizettiAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
326Qual occhi al mondo puo Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.11-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
327Gia de tre lune Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda
328E cosi vada se pur Popularity:

Opera: Francesca da RiminiComposer: ZandonaiAct: 4

Type: Voice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Francesca/Paolo/Giovanni
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