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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
151Piango perche mi parla Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-1

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiesco/Simon
152Qui di sposa eterna fede Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.11-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Edgardo
153Vanne si mi lascia indegno Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.27

Type: trioVoice: S T S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Adalgisa
154Dell invito trascorsa e gia l'ora Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
155Sai com'arde in petto mio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Elvira
156Soli noi siamo Popularity:

Opera: Lucrezia BorgiaComposer: DonizettiAct:

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucrezia Borgia/Alfonso D'Este
157Di quai soavi lagrime Popularity:

Opera: PoliutoComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.07-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Paolina
158E deggio e posso crederlo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count
159Don Ottavio son morta Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.17-1

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
160Madre non dormi? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
161Numi pieta del mio soffrir Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
162Non la sospiri la nostra casetta Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
163In quali eccessi o numi Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.12-3

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira
164Lucia fra poco a te verra Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Normanno/Enrico
165Ma tu gia mi fuggi Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Bruno/Riccardo/Giorgio
166Deh! non parlare al misero Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Rigoletto
167Ah! per sempre o mio bell'angiol Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Leonora
168Dei tuoi figli la madre Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée
169L'amor suo mi fe beata Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta
170Mi par ch'oggi il demonio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Ottavio/Anna
171L'ultima prova dell'amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.19

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Giovanni/Leporello
172Tu che invoco con orrore Popularity:

Opera: Vestala, LaComposer: SpontiniAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Julia
173La Regina! Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli/Elisabeth/Thibault/Rodrigue
174Vegliammo invan due notti Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Doctor/Lady-in-waiting
175Perigliarti ancor languente Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: Voice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
176Come innocente giovane Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna
177O inferno Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles:
178Un tenero core Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta/Roberto
179Orfanella il tetto umile Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)
180Vivi ingrato a lei d'accanto Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.07

Type: aria,trioVoice: S T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabetta/Cecil/Sara
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