Ester Mazzoleni


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(b Sebenico (now Šibenik), Dalmatia, 12 March 1883; d Palermo, 17 May 1982). Italian soprano. She studied with the soprano Amelia Pinto and made her début in 1906 in Il trovatore at the Teatro Costanzi, Rome. She became well known throughout Italy, appearing at La Scala first in 1908. Her roles there included Medea in the first Italian performances of Luigi Cherubini's opera (1909) and the heroines of Gaspare Spontini's La vestale and Fernando Cortez. She also sang Isolde, Norma and a wide range of dramatic roles, travelling occasionally to Spain, France and Hungary. In 1913 she sang Aida at the opening of the Verona Arena, to which she returned for the commemorative ceremonies 50 years later. She retired in 1926 and then taught in Palermo. She sang and acted in a highly charged, emotional style, her voice vibrant and her treatment of the vocal line emphatic, so that her many recordings offer some excitement as well as instructive demonstration of the methods of another age.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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