Cloe Elmo


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(b Lecca, 9 April 1910; d Ankara, 24 May 1962). Italian mezzo-soprano. She studied in Rome, making her début as Santuzza at Cagliari in 1934. She then sang Orpheus in Rome, and from 1936 to 1945 she was leading mezzo-soprano at La Scala, where her roles included Mistress Quickly, Ulrica, Azucena and the Princess (Adriana Lecouvreur). In 1947 she was engaged at the Metropolitan, and while in America was chosen by Arturo Toscanini to sing Mistress Quickly in his broadcast performance and recording of Falstaff. She returned to La Scala in 1951 and created roles in Lodovico Rocca's L'uragano and Juan José Castro's Proserpina y el extranjero (1952); she also created Moraima in Giorgio Ghedini's Re Hassan (1939, Venice) and Goneril in Vito Frazzi's Re Lear (1939, Florence), and sang Signora Susanna in the first staged performance of Gian Francesco Malipiero's Il festino (1954, Bergamo). She also sang works by J. S. Bach under Otto Klemperer and Bernardino Molinari. She had a richly coloured voice and a dynamic stage personality.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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