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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
1Ieri son salita tutta sola Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio
2Figlio che fai Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Timur/Calaf/Liù
3No smaragdi no Popularity:

Opera: Francesca da RiminiComposer: ZandonaiAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Francesca/Paolo
4Gelo che ti da foco Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
5Se innocente sei davvero Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Fedora
6Lontano lontano lontano Popularity:

Opera: MefistofeleComposer: BoitoAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Faust/Margherita
7Manon senti amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.02

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
8Regnava nel silenzio Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.08-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia
9Tu tu amore tu? Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08-2

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
10Chi pose tanta forza Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06-1

Type: quartet,choirVoice: S S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Liù/Ping/Calaf
11Vedi io piango Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.11

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Fedora
12Senti l'ora e vicina Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
13Or dunque Abate Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: B T S Mz B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Prince/The Abbé/Jouvenot/Dangeville/Quinault/Poisson
14La dolcissima effigie Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maurizio
15Dispettosetto questo riccio Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.01

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Lescaut
16E ancora sgombro il campo Popularity:

Opera: Francesca da RiminiComposer: ZandonaiAct: 2.01

Type: quartetVoice: Br T S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Torrigiano/Balestriere/Francesca/Paolo
17Ecco la luce Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 4.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana/Michonnet/Maurizio
18In quelle trine morbide Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon
19Principessa divina! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Turandot/Liù
20Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mimì
21La montanina mia Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.05-1

Type: duet,recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fedora/Count
22Eccovi alfin Divina Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: The Abbé/Prince/Adriana/Maurizio
23Amor celeste ebbrezza Popularity:

Opera: LoreleyComposer: CatalaniAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna di Rehberg
24Non piangere Liu Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf
25Suzel buon di Popularity:

Opera: Amico FritzComposer: MascagniAct: 2

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fritz Kobus
26Non la sospiri la nostra casetta Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
27Gia nella notte densa Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
28Tosca finalmente mia Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.18

Type: ensembleVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Scarpia
29Come e lunga l'attesa Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
30Madamigella Valery Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Violetta
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