Stella Roman


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(b Cluj, 23 Aug 1904; d New York, 12 Feb 1992). Romanian soprano. She studied in Rome with Giuseppina Baldassare-Tedeschi and subsequently made her Italian début at Piacenza in 1932. After appearing successfully at the Rome Opera, she sang the role of the Empress in the La Scala première of Die Frau ohne Schatten in 1940. She made her Metropolitan début as Aida in 1941. For ten years (1941–50) she alternated with zinka Milanov in such operas as Il trovatore, Otello, Ballo, Cavalleria rusticana, La Gioconda and Tosca. She appeared at San Francisco during the same period, where her roles included Donna Anna, Mimì and the Marschallin; she repeated the last at the S Carlo in Naples in 1951. An unorthodox and sometimes hectic technique prevented the singer and her warm, beautiful lirico-dramatic voice from achieving greatness, but she was a fascinating artist capable of effortless, high pianissimos and vibrant climaxes, as can be heard in off-the-air performances from the Metropolitan, notably her Amelia (Ballo in maschera) and Desdemona.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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