Graziella Pareto


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(b Barcelona, 15 May 1889; d Rome, 1 Sept 1973). Spanish soprano. She studied in Milan, and made her début as Amina at Madrid in 1908, taking the role in Parma shortly afterwards. For two seasons from 1909 she appeared at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, as Gilda, Adina, Rosina and Ophelia (Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet), parts she sang there later on her return in 1926. In Italy she sang at Rome, Naples, as Giacomo Meyerbeer's Marguerite de Valois at Turin, 1912, and reached La Scala in 1914, as Gilda. At Covent Garden in 1920 she played Norina, Violetta, and Leïla (Les pêcheurs de perles) under Thomas Beecham, who considered her the best soprano leggero of her day (in A Mingled Chime he described her voice as being ‘of exquisite beauty, haunting pathos and flawless purity’). She appeared at Chicago (1923–5), and as Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto) at the 1931 Salzburg Festival. Her records, which include extracts from her leading roles, offer proof of a pure, limpid soprano, capable, as in ‘Dite alla giovine’ from La traviata, of considerable pathos.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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