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Leyla Gencer

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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
121Da tutti abbandonata Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria/Roberto
122Appressati Lucia Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico
123S'allontanano alfine! Popularity:

Opera: Guillaume TellComposer: RossiniAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles:
124O Luigi Luigi Popularity:

Opera: Tabarro, IlComposer: PucciniAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tinca
125Soli or siamo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: Voice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
126Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
127Udiste? come albeggi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Count
128Figlia Mio Padre! Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Gilda
129V'ho ingannato colpevole fui Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.08-1

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Rigoletto
130Giorni poveri vivea Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Ferrando
131Ma tu Re tu signore possente Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.14

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amonasro/Radames/Aida
132Idol mio se ritroso Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 2.08-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elettra
133Tu se Ernani Popularity:

Opera: ErnaniComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10

Type: Voice: Language: Italian

Roles:
134Di tale amor che dirsi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
135Non ti fidar o misera Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.16-1

Type: quartetVoice: S S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Giovanni
136Nemici senza cor Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 1.14

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée/Jason
137Fatal mia donna Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Macbeth/Lady McB
138Fine al rito Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
139Ah! franchigia a Floria Tosca Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi/Tosca
140Crudele? Ah! no mio bene Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.17-1

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna
141Ancor non giunse Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Alisa
142Giusto cielo Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana/Princess/Michonnet
143Me pellegrina ed orfana Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
144Il suon dell arpe angeliche Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.08

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

Roles: Paolina/Poliuto/Severo/Callistene
145Piango perche mi parla Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-1

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiesco/Simon
146Qui di sposa eterna fede Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.11-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Edgardo
147Vanne si mi lascia indegno Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.27

Type: trioVoice: S T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Adalgisa
148Dell invito trascorsa e gia l'ora Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
149Sai com'arde in petto mio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Elvira
150Soli noi siamo Popularity:

Opera: Lucrezia BorgiaComposer: DonizettiAct:

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucrezia Borgia/Alfonso D'Este
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