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
151Sul suo capo aggravi un Dio Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Giovanna
152Di quai soavi lagrime Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.07-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolina
153E deggio e posso crederlo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count
154Don Ottavio son morta Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.17-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
155Madre non dormi? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
156Numi pieta del mio soffrir Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
157Non la sospiri la nostra casetta Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
158In quali eccessi o numi Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.12-3

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
159Lucia fra poco a te verra Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Normanno/Enrico
160Ma tu gia mi fuggi Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Bruno/Riccardo/Giorgio
161Deh! non parlare al misero Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Rigoletto
162Ah! per sempre o mio bell'angiol Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Leonora
163Dei tuoi figli la madre Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée
164L'amor suo mi fe beata Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta
165Va infelice e teco reca Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Giovanna
166L'ultima prova dell'amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.19

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Giovanni/Leporello
167Tu che invoco con orrore Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
168La Regina! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Elisabeth/Thibault/Rodrigue
169Vegliammo invan due notti Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Doctor/Lady-in-waiting
170Perigliarti ancor languente Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: Voice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
171Come innocente giovane Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna
172O inferno Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
173Un tenero core Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta/Roberto
174Orfanella il tetto umile Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)
175Vivi ingrato a lei d'accanto Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.07

Type: aria,trioVoice: S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta/Cecil/Sara
176Se tra il buio un fantasma vedrai Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Riccardo
177Non sperar se non m'uccidi Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.02-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Giovanni/Leporello/Commendatore
178Miserere d'un alma gia vicina Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora
179Tu qui? Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: Voice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele
180E tu ricevi il mio Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.18

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

Roles: Renato/Riccardo/Amelia/Oscar
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