Licia Albanese

Biography

Born: July 22, 1913; Bari, Italy   Died: August 15, 2014; New York, NY  
Albanese was one of the most beloved sopranos in the Italian repertoire, specializing in roles that suited her physical and vocal appearances of vulnerability and delicacy. She specialized in Puccini, and was associated with his Madama Butterfly more than with any other role. Her voice was smallish and not always precise in pitch, and could turn edgy under pressure, but nonetheless, her vocal and dramatic intensity and sense of apt staging made Read more her performances riveting.

She first studied piano, but switched her energies to voice, studying with Giuseppina Baldassare-Tedeschi. She won the Italian National Singing Competition in 1933, and her opera debut, as Butterfly, was as a mid-opera last-minute substitute for an ailing colleague at the Teatro Lirico in Milan, in 1934. Her La Scala debut was in 1935 as Lauretta in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, her Covent Garden debut as Liu in Turandot, and her Met debut was in 1940 as Butterfly, beginning an association with that house that lasted until 1966. She made the occasional forays into heavier repertoire during her career, even experimenting with the role of Elsa in Lohengrin in her early years in Italy, but rarely added such roles to her repertoire, and being careful with her performances of even such medium-weight roles as Tosca, though towards the end of her career, with little to lose, she performed heavier roles such as Aida.

After her retirement, she remained active, leading the Puccini Foundation (which she and her husband created), teaching master classes at the Juilliard School of Music and Marymount Manhattan College, and directing operatic scenes. In 1985 and 1987, she made cameo appearances in Steven Sondheim's Follies. In 2000, she received the Handel Medallion. The honor, which was bestowed upon her by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, is a tribute to individuals who have enriched New York City's cultural life. Read less
Prima Voce - Puccini: La Boheme / Berretoni, Gigli, Albanese
Release Date: 12/06/1994   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 7862   Number of Discs: 2
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Biography

Born: July 22, 1913; Bari, Italy   Died: August 15, 2014; New York, NY  
Albanese was one of the most beloved sopranos in the Italian repertoire, specializing in roles that suited her physical and vocal appearances of vulnerability and delicacy. She specialized in Puccini, and was associated with his Madama Butterfly more than with any other role. Her voice was smallish and not always precise in pitch, and could turn edgy under pressure, but nonetheless, her vocal and dramatic intensity and sense of apt staging made Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Falstaff - Highlights: Act I: Falstaff! Olà!
Act I: Sei polli, sei scellini
Act I: Ehi! Paggio!
Act I: Alice ... Meg ... Nanetta
Act I: "Fulgida Alice! Amor t'offro..."
Act I: In due parole
Act I: Pst, pst. Nanetta.
Act I: Falstaff m'ha canzonata
Act I: Torno all'assalto
Act I: Udrai quanta egli sfoggia magniloquenza altera
Act II: Siam pentiti e contriti
Act II: Alice è mia!
Act II: Signore, v'assista il cielo
Act II: C'è a Windsor una dama
Act II: È sogno? O realtà...
Act II: Presenteremo un bill per una tassa al parlamento
Act II: Olà! Ned! Will!
Act II: Alfin t'ho colto raggiante fior
Act II: Mia signora
Act II: C'è. C'è. Se t'agguanto!
Falstaff - Highlights: Act III: Ehi! Taverniere!
Act III: Reverenza. La bella Alice
Act III: Brava! Quelle corna saranno la mia gioia!
Act III: Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola
Act III: Una, due, tre
Act III: Ninfe! Elfi!... Sul fil d'un soffio etesio
Act III: Alto là! Chi va là!
Act III: Ogni sorta di gente dozzinale
Act III: Tutto nel mondo è burla
Act I: Questo Mar Rosso
Pensier profondo!
Legna! Sigari! Bordò!
Si può! - Chi è là? - Benoit!
Timido in gioventù
Chi è là? - Scusi - Una donna!
Che gelida manina!
Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì
Ehi! Rodolfo!
O soave fanciulla
Act II: Aranci, datteri! Caldi i marroni!
Questa è Mimì
Salame! - Parpignol, Parpignol
Signorina Mimì
Oh! - Essa! - Musetta!
Quando me'n vo'
Caro! - Fuori il danaro!
La Bohème: Act III: Ohè, là, le guardie! Aprite!
Sa dirmo, scusi, qual'è l'osteria
Mimì... O buon Marcello, aiuto!
Marcello, finalmente!
Mimì è tanto malata!
D'onde liete uscì
Dunque è proprio finita!... Addio, dolce svelgliare
Act IV: In un coupè?
O Mimì, tu più non torni
Che ora sia?
"Gavotta - Minuetto - Pavanella" (The Quadrille)
C'è Mimì
Vecchia zimarra, senti
Sono andati?
Che ha detto il medico?
La Bohème (1990 Digital Remaster), ATTO TERZO/ACT 3/DRITTER AKT/TROISIEME ACTE: Marcello...Finalmente (Rodolfo/Marcello/Mimì)
La Bohème (1990 Digital Remaster), ATTO TERZO/ACT 3/DRITTER AKT/TROISIEME ACTE: Mimì è una civetta (Rodolfo/Marcello)
La Bohème (1990 Digital Remaster), ATTO TERZO/ACT 3/DRITTER AKT/TROISIEME ACTE: Mimì è tanto malata! (Rodolfo/Marcello/Mimì)
La Bohème (1990 Digital Remaster), ATTO TERZO/ACT 3/DRITTER AKT/TROISIEME ACTE: Addio ... Donde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore (Rodolfo/Mimì/Marcello/Musetta)
La Bohème (1990 Digital Remaster), ATTO TERZO/ACT 3/DRITTER AKT/TROISIEME ACTE: Dunque è proprio finita (Rodolfo/Mimì/Marcello/Musetta)
Act I: Prelude
Act I: Introduction
Act I: Brindisi
Act I: Valzer - Duetto nell' Introd. Atto I
Act I: Streeti dell' Introd. Atto. I
Act I: Scene ed Aria Violetta - Finale to Act I
Act II: Scena ed Aria Alfredo
Act II: Scena e Duetto
Act II: Scena - Violetta
Act II: Scena ed Aria Germont
Overture
Act I: Sur la place, chacun passe
Act I: Regardez donc cette petite
Act I: Avec la garde montante
Act I: Une jeune fille charmante
Act I: C'est bien là, n'est pas
Act I: La cloche a sonné (Chorus of Cigarette Girls)
Act I: La voilà, la violà
Act I: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
Act I: Carmen! sur tes pas
Act I: Quels regards! Quelle effronterie!
Act I: Parle-moi de ma mère!
Act I: Reste là maintenant, pendant que je lirai
Act I: Que se passe-t-il donc lè-bas?
Act I: Mon officier, c'était une querelle
Act I: Tralalalala, coupe-moi, brûle-moir
Act I: Prés des remparts de Séville (Seguidilla)
Act I: Voici l'ordre; partez
Carmen: Entr'acte
Act II: Lest tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy Song)
Act II: Messieurs, Pastia me dit
Act II: Vivat! vivat le Toréro!
Act II: Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre (Toreador Song)
Act II: La belle, un mot
Act II: Eh bien, vite, quelles nouvelles?
Act II: Nous avons en tête une affaire (Quintet)
Act II: Mais qui donc attends-tu?
Act II: Halte là? Qui va là?
Act II: Enfin c'est toi!
Act II: Lalalala - Attends un peu, Carmen
Act II: Le Fleur que tu m'avais jetée (Flower Song)
Act II: Non! tu ne m'aimes pas
Act II: Holà! Carmen! Holà! Holà!
Act II: Bel officier, bel officier
Carmen: Entr'acte
Act III: Écoute, écoute, compagnon, écoute
Act III: Reposons-nous une heure ici
Act III: Mêlons! Coupons! (Card Scene)
Act III: Eh bien? - Eh bien
Act III: Quant au douanier, c'est notre affaire
Act III: C'est des contrebandiers
Act III: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (Micaela's Air)
Act III: Je ne me trompe pas
Act III: Je suis Escamillo, Toréro de Grenade!
Act III: Holà, holà, José!
Act III: Moi, je viens te chercher!
Act III: Hélas José!
Entr'acte
Act IV: Dansez, dansez
Act IV: Danse bohèmienne (from La Jolie fille de Perth)
Act IV: Farandole (from 'L'Arlésienne' Suite No. 2)
Act IV: Les voici! Voici la quadrille!
Act IV: Si tu m'aimes, Carmen
Act IV: C'est toi! - C'est moi!
Act IV: Ou vas-tu? Laisse-moi!
Overture (From "Follies")
Beautiful Girls (From "Follies")
Don't Look at Me (From "Follies")
Waiting for the Girls Upstairs (From "Follies)
Rain on the Roof (From "Follies")
Ah, Paree! (From "Follies")
Broadway Baby (from "Follies)
The Road You Didn't Take (From "Follies")
In Buddy's Eyes (From "Follies")
Who's That Woman? (From "Follies")
I'm Still Here (From "Follies")
Too Many Mornings (From "Follies")
The Right Girl (From "Follies")
One More Kiss (From "Follies")
Could I Leave You? (From "Follies")
Loveland (From "Follies")
You're Gonna Love Tomorrow/Love Will See Us Through (From "Follies")
Buddy's Blues (From "Follies")
Losing My Mind (From "Follies")
The Story of Lucy and Jessie (From "Follies")
Live, Laugh, Love (From "Follies")
Finale: Waiting for the Girls Upstairs and Beautiful Girls (Reprises) (From "Follies")


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