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Magda Olivero

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Italian
Year of Birth: 1910
Year of Death: 2014

About Magda Olivero:

Magda Olivero, née Maria Maddalena Olivero (25 March 1910 – 8 September 2014), was an Italian operatic soprano. Her career started in 1932 when she was 22, and spanned five decades establishing "her as an important link between the era of the verismo composers and the modern opera stage". She has been regarded as one of the greatest singers of the twentieth century.

Born as Maria Maddalena Olivero in Saluzzo, Italy, she made her singing debut in 1932 on radio in Turin performing Nino Cattozzo's (1886–1961) oratorio, I misteri dolorosi.

She performed widely and increasingly successfully until 1941, when she married and retired from the stage, only taking part thereafter in sporadic charity events. Not having had children as she would have liked to, however, she resumed her career ten years later, at the request of Francesco Cilea, who warmly asked her to sing again the title role in his opera Adriana Lecouvreur. She performed this role al the Teatro Grande in Brescia on 3 February 1951, but Cilea could not see his wish come true as he had died less than three months earlier.

From 1951 until her final retirement, Olivero appeared in opera houses throughout Italy and, mainly in the 1960s and 1970s, all around the world (Europe, Egypt, U.S., Latin America), but never in such primary venues as the Royal Opera House or the Paris Opera, just once at the Vienna State Opera, and exceedingly seldom at La Scala. Among her most renowned interpretations were the leading parts in Adriana Lecouvreur, Iris, Fedora, Tosca, La bohème, La fanciulla del West, La traviata, La Wally, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Mefistofele, Turandot (as Liù) and La voix humaine, whose Italian version she premiered in Trieste in 1968.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Depuis le jour Popularity:

Opera: LouiseComposer: CharpentierAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Louise
2O ma lyre immortelle Popularity:

Opera: SapphoComposer: GounodAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Sapho
3Principessa divina! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Turandot/Liù
4Non la sospiri la nostra casetta Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
5Gia nella notte densa Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
6Ne mai dunque avro pace Popularity:

Opera: Wally, LaComposer: CatalaniAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Wally
7Amor celeste ebbrezza Popularity:

Opera: LoreleyComposer: CatalaniAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna di Rehberg
8Suzel buon di Popularity:

Opera: Amico FritzComposer: MascagniAct: 2

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fritz Kobus
9Eh! via cosi non va Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 3.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: The Abbé/Princess
10Pace, anima cara Popularity:

Opera: Francesca da RiminiComposer: ZandonaiAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
11So ch'ella dorme Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Michonnet/Adriana
12Ecco la luce Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 4.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana/Michonnet/Maurizio
13Su questa santa croce Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fedora/Grech/Dimitri/Desirè
14In quelle trine morbide Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon
15Mimì! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Mimì
16Come e lunga l'attesa Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
17Madamigella Valery Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Violetta
18Sola perduta abbandonata Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon
19Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
20Tu qui, Santuzza? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Santuzza
21Quel truce sgherro Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Siriex/Fedora/Countness
22Del fiero duol che il cor Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée/Néris
23Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
24E quella dama al certo Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 3.07

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz S B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: The Abbé/Princess/Adriana/Prince/Michonnet
25Ma dunque e vero Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana/Maurizio
26Michonnet della biacca Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.01

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br T Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jouvenot/Michonnet/Poisson/Dangeville/Quinault
27No la mia fronte Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 4.10-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana/Maurizio
28Vedi le man giunte io stendo Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.14-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Spoletta/Scarpia
29Signore ascolta! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù
30Paolo datemi pace Popularity:

Opera: Francesca da RiminiComposer: ZandonaiAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Francesca/Paolo
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