Giuseppina Cobelli


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(b Maderno, Lake Garda, 1 Aug 1898; d Barbarano, nr Salò, 10 Aug 1948). Italian soprano. She studied in Bologna and Hamburg, making her début at Piacenza in 1924 as La Gioconda. After a season in the Netherlands, she was engaged by La Scala, making her début as Sieglinde (1925). Her roles included Isolde, Kundry, Fedora, Eboli, Margherita, Minnie and Adriana Lecouvreur, in which part she gave her last Scala performance in 1942. She created Silvana in Ottorino Respighi's La fiamma (1934, Rome) and in 1937 sang Octavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea) at the Maggio Musicale in Florence. A beautiful woman with a highly individual voice and dramatic temperament, she had a special affinity for verismo heroines. She made only two recordings, each of which explains why she was so much admired at La Scala.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

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