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Margherita Grandi

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Voice: Soprano
Nationality: Australian
Year of Birth: Not entered yet.
Year of Death: 1972

About Margherita Grandi:

Margherita Grandi (10 October 1892 – 29 January 1972) was an Australian-born Italian soprano.

Margherita Grandi was born Margaret Gard in Harwood Island, Clarence River, near Maclean, in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, Australia. When she was ten, her family moved to Tasmania and she went to school in Hobart. She left Australia in 1911 to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music in London. She also studied with Mathilde Marchesi and Jean de Reszke; and later in Paris with Emma Calvé. She made her professional debut in Paris, as a mezzo-soprano under the stage name of Djéma Vécla (Vecla being an anagram of Calvé) singing Charlotte in Massenet's Werther. In 1922, she created Massenet's Amadis in Monte Carlo.

She went to Italy, where she married stage designer Giovanni Grandi, with whom she had a daughter, Patricia. After further studies in Milan, with Giannina Russ, and an absence from the stage of almost ten years, she made a new debut as a soprano using her married name Grandi in 1932, at the Teatro Carcano in Milan, in the title role of Verdi's Aida. She made her debut at La Scala in 1934, as Helen in Boito's Mefistofele. She made her British debut in 1939 at Glyndebourne, as Verdi's Lady Macbeth, considered her greatest role. She sang the role of Maria in the Italian premiere of Richard Strauss's Friedenstag in 1940. Later, she was sent to an internment camp at Avellino, near Naples; her husband retrieved her and she retreated to the Italian Alps for the duration. She reportedly actively supported the partisans, helping to smuggle Allied airmen to safety in Switzerland.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Vieni t'affretta Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
2Tu che le vanita Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth
3Nel di della vittoria Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
4La luce langue Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB
5Una macchia e qui tuttora Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Doctor/Lady-in-waiting
6Mario Mario son qui! Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tosca/Cavaradossi
7Or tutti sorgete Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lady McB/Macbeth
8Vegliammo invan due notti Popularity:

Opera: MacbethComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Doctor/Lady-in-waiting
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