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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
1Quanto sei bella Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Fedora/Countness
2Amami Alfredo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
3Lieta sorpresa Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 4.04

Type: sextetVoice: S B T S Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana/Quinault/Poisson/Jouvenot/Dangeville/Michonnet
4Oh! saro la piu bella! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.08-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
5O mondo pieno di pazzi Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Pang/Pong
6Tanto amore segreto Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù
7Io scendo al piano Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Sharpless
8Grech I vostri uomini Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fedora/Grech
9E strano! e strano! Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
10Sei tu che piangi? Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.03-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
11Popolo di Pekino Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: duet,choirVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: A Mandarin/Liù
12Amor celeste ebbrezza Popularity:

Opera: LoreleyComposer: CatalaniAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna di Rehberg
13Suzel buon di Popularity:

Opera: Amico FritzComposer: MascagniAct: 2

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fritz Kobus
14Ecco la luce Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 4.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana/Michonnet/Maurizio
15In quelle trine morbide Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon
16Vedi io piango Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.11

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Fedora
17Straniero ascolta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
18Senti l'ora e vicina Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
19Su questa santa croce Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fedora/Grech/Dimitri/Desirè
20Mimì! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Mimì
21Mario Mario son qui! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
22Gelo che ti da foco Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
23Ave Maria piena di grazia Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Desdemona
24Eh! via cosi non va Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 3.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: The Abbé/Princess
25Del fiero duol che il cor Popularity:

Opera: MedeaComposer: CherubiniAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Médée/Néris
26Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Suzuki
27No la mia fronte Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 4.10-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adriana/Maurizio
28E 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
29Tutta su me ti posa Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 4.01

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Chevalier
30Tosca finalmente mia Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.18

Type: ensembleVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Scarpia
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