Fiorenza Cossotto

Biography

Born: April 22, 1935; Crescentino  
While best known for the fiery, scenery-chewing Verdi roles such as Azucena, Amneris, Lady Macbeth, and Eboli, Fiorenza Cossotto was also a prominent performer of bel canto parts such as Rosina in Rossini's Barbiere, Leonora in La favorita, and Adalgisa in Norma. Such large and powerful mezzo voices, particularly with a secure top, are rare compared to the lyric mezzo, and from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, she was the Verdi mezzo, the Read more successor to Simionato and the predecessor to Zajick.

After studying at the Turin Conservatory, she graduated in 1956 and then joined the training school of La Scala in Milan. She made her operatic debut as Sister Matilde in the world premiere of Poulenc's The Dialogues of the Carmelites in 1957. Her international debut was at the 1958 Wexford Festival as Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti's Anna Bolena. Her Covent Garden debut was in 1959 as Neris in Cherubini's Medée, with Callas in the title role. A 1961 performance of the lead in La favorita at La Scala led to wider fame and she made her Chicago debut in the same role in 1964 and as Amneris at the Met in 1968. She is married to bass singer Ivo Vinco. Among her recordings, the Amneris on EMI under Muti (EMI CDS7 47271-8) captures the fire and vigor of her performances. Read less
Veri: Aida / Chiara, Cossotto, Martinucci, Et Al
Release Date: 06/28/2005   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2831   Number of Discs: 1
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Bellini: Norma / Cillario, Caballe, Cossotto, Domingo
Release Date: 09/11/2015   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 88875073482   Number of Discs: 3
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Verdi: Un Giorno Di Regno / Gardelli, Norman, Cossotto Et Al
Release Date: 09/25/1989   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 422429   Number of Discs: 2
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Verdi: Il Trovatore / Plowright, Zancanaro, Cossotto, Bonisolli, Et Al
Release Date: 06/28/2005   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2839   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Il Trovatore / Serafin, Bergonzi, Stella, Cossotto
Release Date: 11/14/2006   Label: Dg Double  
Catalog: 000768402   Number of Discs: 2
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    Leontyne Price: Prima Donna Assoluta
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 531134 Release Date: 10/07/2016   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Sherrill Milnes,  Leontyne Price,  Judith Raskin,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Herbert von Karajan,  Thomas Schippers,  Zubin Mehta
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    Verdi: Macbeth / Milnes, Muti, New Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557380 Release Date: 09/09/2016  
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Ruggero Raimondi,  Sherrill Milnes
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Opera Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002503602 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Henry Lewis,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002459302 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Stuart Neill,  Maria Guleghina,  Samuel Ramey  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Voices,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: Aida / Muti, Domingo, Ghiaurov, Caballe, Cossotto, Roni
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554005 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Placido Domingo,  Piero Cappuccilli,  Luigi Roni  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music,
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    Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Levine, Price, Domingo, Milnes, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88697986002 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Leontyne Price,  Placido Domingo,  Sherrill Milnes
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Bellini: Norma / Cillario, Caballe, Cossotto, Domingo
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875073482 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Montserrat Caballé,  Placido Domingo,  Elisabeth Bainbridge  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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    Karajan - The Opera Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002328102 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Lehár,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Zednik,  Christine Barbaux,  Katia Ricciarelli,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Paris Opera Chorus,  Schöneberg Boys Choir  ... 
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    Verdi: Messa Da Requiem / Karajan, Price, Cossotto, Bergonzi
    Label: Relief Classical   Catalog: 8004 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Nicola Zaccaria
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 10.
    Voce D'Angelo - The Complete Decca Recordings / Renata Tebaldi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4781535 Release Date: 01/20/2015   Number of Discs: 66
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Giovanni Inghilleri,  Giacinto Prandelli,  Melchiorre Luise,  Fernando Corena  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Ponchielli: La Gioconda / Votto, Callas, Cossotto, Cappuccilli
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634080 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Irene Companeez,  Pier Miranda Ferraro,  Ivo Vinco  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Verdi: Rigoletto / Gavazzeni , Scotto, Kraus, Bastianini, Vinco
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9095 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus,  Ettore Bastianini,  Renata Scotto,  Fiorenza Cossotto  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus,  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
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    Bellini: La Sonnambula / Votto, Callas, Monti, Zaccaria
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634114 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Nicola Monti,  Nicola Zaccaria,  Eugenia Ratti,  Fiorenza Cossotto  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 14.
    Maria Callas Remastered - Complete Studio Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633991 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Richard Wagner,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Gianni Poggi,  Fedora Barbieri,  Paolo Silveri  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Basile,  Antonino Votto,  Gabriele Santini,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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    Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Serafin, Callas, Di Stefano, Cossotto
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634098 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Giulio Fioravanti,  Dino Formichini  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    The Verdi Tenor / Carlo Bergonzi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002089202 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Francesco Cilča,  Umberto Giordano,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Giulietta Simionato,  Cornell MacNeil,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Piero de Palma  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Georg Solti,  John Pritchard,  Rafael Kubelik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Friends of Music Society,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus  ... 
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    Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, L'italiana in Algeri, La Donna del Lago, Mose
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9920 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Ornella Rovero,  Nicola Monti,  Mario Petri  ... 
    Conductor:  Mario Rossi,  Piero Bellugi,  Claudio Abbado,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Chorus,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin  ... 
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  • 18.
    Luciano Pavarotti Edition 1 - The First Decade
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002051802 Release Date: 05/19/2014   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Josephine Veasey,  Cornelius Opthof  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Zubin Mehta,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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    Domingo - The Verdi Opera Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 372279 Release Date: 01/07/2014   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Bruce Brewer,  Edith Mathis,  Hans Sotin  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  James Levine,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Cherubini: Medea / Rescigno, Callas, Vickers, Cossotto, Carlyle
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5110 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Luigi Cherubini
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Jon Vickers,  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Nicola Zaccaria  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Magic Verdi
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 282712 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Martina Arroyo,  Piero Cappuccilli  ... 
    Conductor:  Efrem Kurtz,  Riccardo Muti,  Alberto Erede,  Anton Guadagno  ... 
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Giulini, Taddei, Moffo, Wachter
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 359592 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabetta Fusco,  Giuseppe Taddei,  Eberhard Wächter,  Anna Moffo  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 23.
    50 Best Verdi
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 338302 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Rolando Villazón,  Renato Bruson,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Marcello Viotti,  Giuseppe Patané,  Julius Rudel  ... 
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  • 24.
    The Verdi Opera Selection Vol . I -  Il Trovatore, Don Carlos, Rigoletto
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107524 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Piero Cappuccilli,  Placido Domingo,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Bertrand De Billy,  Nello Santi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: Opera Highlights
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 167332 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus,  Renata Scotto,  Beverly Sills,  Sherrill Milnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Julius Rudel,  Herbert von Karajan,  Lamberto Gardelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus  ... 
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