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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
2Amami Alfredo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
3E strano! e strano! Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
4Sempre libera Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
5Addio del passato Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
6Teneste la promessa Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
7Tu qui, Santuzza? Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.13

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Santuzza
8Figlio che fai Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Timur/Calaf/Liù
9E 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
10Eh! via cosi non va Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 3.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: The Abbé/Princess
11Eccovi alfin Divina Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: The Abbé/Prince/Adriana/Maurizio
12Ebbene che granchio Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: The Abbé/Michonnet/Adriana
13Rosetta! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sergeant/Lescaut/Manon/Chevalier
14O ma lyre immortelle Popularity:

Opera: SapphoComposer: GounodAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Sapho
15Figlio del cielo Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.15-1

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Emperor/Calaf
16Chi pose tanta forza Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06-1

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

Roles: Turandot/Liù/Ping/Calaf
17Gelo che ti da foco Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
18Straniero ascolta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
19Che e mai di me? Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.10

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turandot/Calaf
20Su questa santa croce Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fedora/Grech/Dimitri/Desirè
21Grech I vostri uomini Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fedora/Grech
22La montanina mia Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.05-1

Type: duet,recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fedora/Count
23Ma dunque e amore Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fedora/Count
24Son gente risoluta Popularity:

Opera: FedoraComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fedora
25Amore e fiamma Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Princess/Maurizio
26Or 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
27Principessa divina! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Turandot/Liù
28O mondo pieno di pazzi Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Pang/Pong
29Gia nella notte densa Popularity:

Opera: OtelloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.09-1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otello/Desdemona
30Michonnet della biacca Popularity:

Opera: Adriana LecouvreurComposer: CileaAct: 1.01

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br T Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jouvenot/Michonnet/Poisson/Dangeville/Quinault
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