Lina Pagliughi

Biography

Born: May 27, 1907; New York, NY   Died: October 1, 1980; Rubicone, Italy  
A member of the coloratura sorority that enjoyed ascendancy before the emergence of Maria Callas, Lina Pagliughi represented the best of that breed. Declared "my successor" by Luisa Tetrazzini, Pagliughi possessed a clear, beautifully formed instrument that was flexible in passagework and flowing in legato. Unlike the slenderized edition of Callas, however, she was a woman of enormous girth and continued to gain weight during the course of her Read more career. Thus, while vocal display was present in abundance, dramatic verisimilitude was not. On recording, however, Pagliughi's art can be enjoyed without the distraction of physical appearance. Born to Italian immigrant parents in New York, Pagliughi moved to San Francisco before her second birthday. There, she began making public appearances at age seven. Luisa Tetrazzini sought to adopt her, but her parents declined the offer. When Pagliughi moved to Italy at age 15 to study with Manlio Bavagnoli, however, the legendary singer oversaw her training and became close to the young student. Having already graduated from a San Francisco conservatory before her move to Italy, Pagliughi was well prepared musically and could concentrate on vocal polish and learning repertory. For her 1927 debut at Milan's Teatro Nazionale, Pagliughi presented herself as Gilda, a role with which she was closely identified thereafter (and which she recorded twice). After an experiment with the role of Mimi, Pagliughi vowed to concentrate on the coloratura repertory, even though her voice was substantial enough for lyric roles. Thus, she kept her instrument supple and trim for the duration of her career, even with having included Violetta among her roles, a part that grows progressively heavier with each passing act. Pagliughi's equable personality no doubt also contributed to her longevity. A good colleague, one to whom jealousy was an alien emotion, she admired fellow artists of quality and saw in them no threat to her own reputation. In addition to appearances at Italy's major houses, Pagliughi sang at London's Covent Garden in 1938 (her Gilda was regarded as having been beautifully sung) and performed with success at Brazil's São Paulo Municipal Theatre and in Buenos Aires, where she undertook her first Rosina and her first Violetta. Following her formal retirement in 1957, the soprano became a respected teacher. Read less

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Born: May 27, 1907; New York, NY   Died: October 1, 1980; Rubicone, Italy  
A member of the coloratura sorority that enjoyed ascendancy before the emergence of Maria Callas, Lina Pagliughi represented the best of that breed. Declared "my successor" by Luisa Tetrazzini, Pagliughi possessed a clear, beautifully formed instrument that was flexible in passagework and flowing in legato. Unlike the slenderized edition of Callas, however, she was a woman of enormous girth and continued to gain weight during the course of her Read more
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Verdi: Falstaff: Falstaff!... Ola!
Verdi: Falstaff: Sei polli, sei scellini
Verdi: Falstaff: Ma e tempo d'assottigliar l'ingegno
Verdi: Falstaff: L'Onore! Ladri!
Verdi: Falstaff: Alice... Meg... Nannetta...
Verdi: Falstaff: Mostro!... Dobbiam gabbarlo!
Verdi: Falstaff: Pst, pst, Nannetta
Verdi: Falstaff: Falstaff m'ha canzonata!
Verdi: Falstaff: Udrai quanta egli sfoggia
Verdi: Falstaff: Siam pentiti e contriti
Verdi: Falstaff: Alice e mia!
Verdi: Falstaff: Signore, v'assista il cielo
Verdi: Falstaff: Ve lo diro, C'e a Windsor una dama
Verdi: Falstaff: E sogno? O realta?
Verdi: Falstaff: Eccomi qua: Son pronto
Verdi: Falstaff: Presenteremo un bill
Verdi: Falstaff: Fra poco s'incomincia la commedia
Verdi: Falstaff: Alfin t'ho colto, raggiante fior... Quand'ero paggio
Verdi: Falstaff: Mia signora! C'e Mistress Meg!
Verdi: Falstaff: Se t'agguanto... SE ti piglio
Verdi: Falstaff: Ehi! Taveniere!
Verdi: Falstaff: Reverenza. La bellz Alice
Verdi: Falstaff: Quando il rintocco della mezzanotte
Verdi: Falstaff: Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola
Verdi: Falstaff: Una, due, tre
Verdi: Falstaff: Ninfe! Elfi! Silfi!... Sul fil d'un soffio etesio
Verdi: Falstaff: Alto la!... Chi va la?
Verdi: Falstaff: Cavaliero, voi credeste due donne cosi grulle
Verdi: Falstaff: Ogni sorta di gente dozzinale
Verdi: Falstaff: Tutto nel mondo e burla
Wagner: Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1
Wagner: Parsifal: Eh! Oh! Guardia cosi
Wagner: Parsifal: Si, qui!... Sta ben! Posiamo un po'
Wagner: Parsifal: Oh, santa lancia, prodigioso, acciar!
Wagner: Parsifal: Nel menomato tempio
Wagner: Parsifal: Dal bagno gia ritorna
Wagner: Parsifal: Il giorno ha preparato
Wagner: Parsifal: Mio figlio Amfortas, sei pronto al rito?
Wagner: Parsifal: Triste retaggio a me serbato
Wagner: Parsifal: Il mio corpo sia pan
Wagner: Parsifal: All'estrema cena in vino
Wagner: Parsifal: Che fai tu qui?
Wagner: Parsifal: E giunto il di
Wagner: Parsifal: Oh guerrieri, o guardie, prodi! Su!
Wagner: Parsifal: Qui fu il clamore: armi, fiere grida!
Wagner: Parsifal: Qui resta, Parsifal
Wagner: Parsifal: Ho visto il figlio sul materno sen
Wagner: Parsifal: Amfortas! La piaga! La piaga!
Wagner: Parsifal: Ah crudel! Gli altrui dolori atroci
Wagner: Parsifal: Lo vidi... Lui... Lui... E risi!
Wagner: Parsifal: Di la venuto e il grido
Wagner: Parsifal: Salve, fratel!
Wagner: Parsifal: Dio mi a ritrovarti!
Wagner: Parsifal: No! no! la sacra fone sia vital lavacro
Wagner: Parsifal: Cosi ci fu promesso
Wagner: Parsifal: Ma pur non e cosi
Wagner: Parsifal: Mezzodi... E questa l'ora
Wagner: Parsifal: Si, onta, onta su di me
Wagner: Parsifal: Soltanto un'arma val


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