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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
91Arrigo ah parli a un core Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elena/Arrigo
92Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
93Come in quest ora bruna Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)
94Piangete voi? Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.17

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna
95Madre pietosa Vergine Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
96Ma lassu ci vedremo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02-3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Elisabeth
97Oh! di qual sei tu vittima Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.23

Type: trioVoice: S T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Adalgisa
98Sulla tomba che rinserra Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.10

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Edgardo/Lucia
99Non m'inganno Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Manrico/Leonora
100O cieli azzurri Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
101Tutte nel cor vi sento Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elettra
102Nella pace del mesto riposo Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria
103Senza mamma o bimbo tu sei morto Popularity:

Opera: Suor AngelicaComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sister Angelica
104Sgombra e la sacra selva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adalgisa
105Plebe Patrizi Popolo! Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon
106All afflitto e dolce il pianto Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sara
107Quel vecchio maledivami Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-1

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile
108Paolo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06-1

Type: trioVoice: Br Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Paolo/Maria (Amelia)
109Cielo a miei lunghi spasimi Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.20-2

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Smeton/Percy/Rochefort
110Ah! taci ingiusto core Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.02-1

Type: trioVoice: B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Elvira
111Fu la sorte dell'armi a tuoi funesta Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amneris
112E un anatema Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gioconda/Laura
113Guerra guerra Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Oroveso
114E ben altro il mio sogno Popularity:

Opera: Tabarro, IlComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgetta
115Di geloso amor sprezzato Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Count/Manrico
116Tace la notte placida Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
117Ah! vieni al tempio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.19-2

Type: quartet,choirVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Bruno/Riccardo/Giorgio
118Giustizia giustizia Sire! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth/Philip II/Rodrigue/Eboli
119Se tradirmi tu potrai Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Lucia
120Madamigella Valery Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Violetta
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