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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
241Eccolo! io tremo Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.20-2

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Rochefort
242Vendetta d'un momento Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.11

Type: trioVoice: Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rolando/Lida/Arrigo
243Qual mesto suon Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.19

Type: recitativeVoice: S T cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Hervey/Smeton/Rochefort
244Donna reale a piedi tuoi Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Roberto/Elisabetta
245Si taciturna e mesta Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna
246Suon d'araldi? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio
247Cavalier ti colse il Dio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.09

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio/Elvira
248D'un vampiro fatal Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 3.10-2

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

Roles:
249Ella e pura in braccio a morte Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.19-2

Type: sextetVoice: T S S Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Amelia/Oscar/Renato/Samuel/Tom
250Oh! dove mai ne andarono Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna
251Mesta e la tua canzon Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
252Regna la notte ancor Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Lida/Rolando
253Or che reso ai patrii lidi Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.16

Type: recitativeVoice: B T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Percy/Anna/Rochefort
254Vittoria Vittoria Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: quartetVoice: S Mz T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lida/Imelda/Arrigo/2nd Consul
255Geme pallor funereo Popularity:

Opera: Roberto DevereuxComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.02

Type: recitative,aria,choirVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sara
256T'amai t'amai qual angelo Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.15

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arrigo/Lida
257E ancora sgombro il campo Popularity:

Opera: Francesca da RiminiComposer: ZandonaiAct: 2.01

Type: quartetVoice: Br T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Torrigiano/Balestriere/Francesca/Paolo
258Lida Lida ove corri Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: Mz S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Imelda/Lida/Rolando
259Che Signor tu qui? Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lida/Marcovaldo/Imelda
260Ad Arturo onore Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.11

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: Italian

Roles:
261Ecco respiro appena Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana
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