(b Savona, 1933).
It. soprano. Opera début Savona 1952 (Violetta in La traviata). Member of La Scala co. from 1954; Débuts: London (Stoll) 1957; Edinburgh Fest., 1957 (replaced Callas as Amina in La Sonnambula at very short notice); Amer. (Chicago) 1960; CG 1962; NY Met 1965. Specially successful in Puccini and Verdi. Last sang at NY Met 1987 (as Butterfly), having directed Madama Butterfly there in 1986. Autobiography More Than a Diva (NY 1984).