Gabriella Gatti


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(b Rome, 5 July 1908; d Rome, 22 Oct 2003). Italian soprano. She studied singing after gaining a diploma for the piano, made her professional début at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 1933 as Anna (Nabucco) and the following year sang an acclaimed Desdemona at the Rome Opera. She sang up to 1953 in all the leading Italian theatres, most often in Rome and Florence, but also at La Scala between 1938 and 1947 where she sang in La damnation de Faust in the 1946–7 season. Her voice was lyrical in character, graceful in timbre and expression, and she stood as an example of the refined, classical style at a time when the opposite manner prevailed among Italian sopranos. She was a notable Mathilde in Guillaume Tell (the role of her farewell in Rome) and Desdemona in Giuseppe Verdi's Otello, though her wide repertory included Claudio Monteverdi's Orfeo, Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), W.A. Mozart's Countess Almaviva, Abigaille (Nabucco), Helen of Troy (in Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele) and Marie in Wozzeck, of which she gave the Italian première (1942, Rome).

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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