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. Noted for her physical beauty, 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 Moffo's earliest 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 from which she never fully recovered. Her final appearance at the Metropoltan Opera was in 1983 and she later led several master classes through the Met. Her death in 2006 at the age of 73 was preceded by a decade-long battle with cancer.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Madama Butterfly (1957 studio cast) Puccini; Anna Moffo, Cesare Valletti, Rosalind Elias, Fernando Corena, Renato Cesari, Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf 5 9
1959 Anna Moffo Sings Mozart Arias Mozart; Anna Moffo 5 1
1961 Arias from Faust, La bohème, Dinorah, Carmen, Semiramide, Turandot, Lakmé Anna Moffo, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Tullio Serafin 5 4
1961 La traviata Verdi; Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Fernando Previtali 5 9
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 Luisa Miller Giuseppe Verdi; Anna Moffo, Carlo Bergonzi, Shirley Verrett, Cornell MacNeil, Giorgio Tozzi, Ezio Flagello, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva 5 5
1965 One Night of Love Anna Moffo 5 1
1965 Songs of the Auvergne / Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 / Vocalise Joseph Canteloube, Heitor Villa‐Lobos, Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов; Anna Moffo, American Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski 5 5
1972 Songs of Debussy Claude Debussy; Anna Moffo, Jean Casadesus 5 1
1975 Heroines From the Great French Operas Anna Moffo, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Peter Maag 5 2
1977 L'amore dei tre re Italo Montemezzi; Anna Moffo, Plácido Domingo, Cesare Siepi, Ryland Davies, London Symphony Orchestra, Nello Santi 5 7
1987 La bohème (1956 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Rolando Panerai, Anna Moffo, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Antonino Votto 4 4
1989 Le Nozze di Figaro: Highlights Mozart; Schwarzkopf, Moffo, Taddei, Cossotto, Wächter, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Giulini 1
2006 La bohème (1961 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker, Mary Costa, Robert Merrill, Giorgio Tozzi, Philip Maero, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf 1
Lucia di Lammermoor Donizetti; Moffo, Bergonzi, Sereni, Flagello, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Prêtre 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 A Song for You Anna Moffo 5 1
1990 Recital Anna Moffo 5 1
2000 Mozart Arias Mozart; Anna Moffo 5 1
2007 Operetta Arias Recitals (complete) Anna Moffo 5 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini; Anna Moffo, Renato Cioni, Afro Poli, Miti Truccato Pace, Oliviero de Fabritiis 5 1
2005 Turandot Giacomo Puccini; Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, Anna Moffo, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski 5 2

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