Anna Moffo (soprano)

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Anna Moffo (June 27, 1932 – March 9, 2006) was an American opera singer, television personality, and award-winning dramatic actress. One of the leading lyric-coloratura sopranos of her generation, she possessed a warm and radiant voice of considerable range and agility. Because of her physical appearance she was nicknamed "La Bellissima". Winning a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Italy, she became very popular there after performing leading operatic roles on three RAI television productions in 1956. Moffo returned to America for her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on October 16, 1957. In New York, her Metropolitan Opera debut took place on November 14, 1959. She performed at the Met for over seventeen seasons. Although Anna Moffo's original recordings were made for EMI Records, she later signed an exclusive contract with RCA Victor. In the early 1960s, she hosted her own show on Italian television, was acclaimed for her beauty, appeared in several operatic films, and other dramatic non-singing roles. In the early 1970s she extended her international popularity to Germany through operatic performances, TV appearances, and several films...all while continuing her American operatic performances. Due to an extremely heavy workload, Moffo suffered a serious vocal-breakdown in 1974, from which she never fully recovered. In later years, she gave several master classes through the Met. Her death at age 73 was preceded by a decade-long battle with cancer.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Arias from: Faust, La bohème, Dinorah, Carmen, Semiramide, Turandot, Lakmé Anna Moffo, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma & Tullio Serafin 5 4
1963 The Dream Duet Anna Moffo / Sergio Franchi 5 1
1963 A Verdi Collaboration Anna Moffo / Franco Ferrara 5 3
1964 The Great Moments from Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss II; Anna Moffo, Sergio Franchi, Risë Stevens, Jeanette Scovotti, Richard Lewis, George London, John Hauxvell, Oscar Danon, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus 5 2
1965 One Night of Love Anna Moffo 5 1
1988 Madama Butterfly (1957 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini, Anna Moffo, Cesare Valletti, Rosalind Elias, Fernando Corena, Renato Cesari, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Erich Leinsdorf 5 1
1997 La traviata Verdi; Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Fernando Previtali 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Recital Anna Moffo 5 1

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