Maria Zamboni


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(b Peschiera, 25 July 1895; d Verona, 25 March 1976). Italian soprano. She studied at the Parma Conservatory and in Milan. Following her début in 1921 as Marguerite in Faust at Piacenza, she sang in many leading Italian houses, including La Scala from 1924 to 1931, missing only the 1928 season. In 1926 she sang Liù in the première of Turandot under Arturo Toscanini, and in 1930 created the part of Maria in Ildebrando Pizzetti's Lo straniero. She was also a favourite in South America. Her repertory included the roles of Elsa and Eva, Desdemona, and Manon in the operas of both Jules Massenet and Giacomo Puccini. The latter she recorded complete in 1930. She retired in 1936, shortly after appearing at the S Carlo, Naples, in her original role of Liù and in the title role of Mario Persico's Morenita. As heard on records, her vibrato is too prominent for comfort, but she sings with lively temperament and characterizes vividly.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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