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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
1Ne mai dunque avro pace Popularity:

Opera: Wally, LaComposer: CatalaniAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Wally
2Non si da follia maggiore Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiorilla
3Che e mai di me? Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.10

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
4Figlio che fai Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Timur/Calaf/Liù
5Chi pose tanta forza Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06-1

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

Roles: Turandot/Liù/Ping/Calaf
6O mondo pieno di pazzi Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Pang/Pong
7Principessa divina! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Turandot/Liù
8Tu che di gel sei cinta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù
9Gelo che ti da foco Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
10Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
11Signore ascolta! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù
12Quel nome! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: S T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù/Calaf/Turandot
13Non piangere Liu Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf
14Popolo di Pekino Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: duet,choirVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: A Mandarin/Liù
15Tanto amore segreto Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Liù
16Straniero ascolta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
17Addio del passato Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
18Teneste la promessa Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
19E strano! e strano! Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
20Madamigella Valery Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Violetta
21Sempre libera Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
22Amami Alfredo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
23Ah! franchigia a Floria Tosca Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi/Tosca
24Tosca che non mi veda Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia/Tosca/A Sacristan
25Or lasciami al lavoro Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi/Tosca
26Non la sospiri la nostra casetta Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
27Vedi le man giunte io stendo Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.14-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Spoletta/Scarpia
28Come e lunga l'attesa Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
29Senti l'ora e vicina Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca
30Tosca finalmente mia Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.18

Type: ensembleVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Scarpia
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