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Soprano Graziella Pareto (1889-1973) / E'strano... Ah! fors'e lui... Sempre libera / La Traviata (Verdi) / Recorded: June 10, 1920 --
Graziella Pareto (May 15, 1889 – September 1, 1973): Catalan soprano leggiero, one of the leading sopranos of the inter-war years. She is considered one of the great coloratura sopranos of the "Spanish School" of the early 20th century, alongside Maria Barrientos, Maria Galvany and Mercedes Capsir. Pareto was born in Barcelona. She studied in Milan with Vidal, and made her stage debut in Barcelona, as Micaela in 1906, and in Madrid, in 1908, as Amina in La sonnambula, one of her greatest roles. She made her debut at La Scala, as Gilda in 1914. She appeared in Paris, London, Vienna, and St Petersburg, and had a long association with the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, where she sang from 1909 until 1927, also appearing in Chicago in 1921. Her best roles included: Rosina, Norina, Lucia, Juliette, Ophélie, Leila, and Lakmé. She retired to Naples, with her husband, the composer Gabriele Sibella. She died in Rome.
È strano! è strano! in core
Scolpiti ho quegli accenti!
Sarìa per me sventura un serio amore?
Che risolvi, o turbata anima mia?
Null'uomo ancora t'accendeva O gioia
Ch'io non conobbi, essere amata amando!
E sdegnarla poss'io
Per l'aride follie del viver mio?
How strange it is … how strange!
Those words are carved upon my heart!
Would a true love bring me misfortune?
What do you think, o my troubled spirit?
No man before kindled a flame like this.
Oh, joy …
I never knew …
To love and to be loved!
Can I disdain this
For a life of sterile pleasure?