Renata Tebaldi


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(b Pesaro, 1922; d San Marino, 2004).

It. soprano. Opera début Rovigo 1944 (Elena in Boito's Mefistofele). Chosen by Toscanini for re‐opening concert at La Scala 1946, and sang there 1946–7 (début as Mimì in La bohème), 1949–54, and 1959. San Carlo, Naples, 1948–9; Florence 1948–53; CG début 1950 (with Scala co.); Royal Opera début 1955; Amer. début (S. Francisco) 1950; NY Met 1955–73; Chicago 1955–69. V. of power and beauty, esp. in Verdi and Puccini roles. Retired from opera 1973, concerts 1976.

Subjects: Opera.

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