Fedora Barbieri

Biography

Born: June 4, 1920; Trieste, Italy   Died: March 4, 2003; Florence, Italy  
Billed as mezzo-soprano during her career, Fedora Barbieri might more accurately have been described as a mezzo-contralto, a term reserved for dramatic voices placed slightly lower than mezzo-sopranos and with a darker coloration. While she possessed a strong top register, it could not match in ease or splendor that boasted by Giulietta Simionato, whose career roughly paralleled Barbieri's (Barbieri developed an intense dislike for her rival and Read more unhesitatingly shared that distaste with interviewers both during and after her singing years). Barbieri recorded extensively, sometimes leaving multiple studio recordings of her most celebrated roles. Her prime years lasted into the 1960s; she thereafter began to assume smaller roles such as Mama Lucia in Cavalleria rusticana.

Barbieri did not begin formal study until her eighteenth year. While working in the shop owned by her parents, she often sang to pass the long hours. One day, a knowledgeable customer heard her and insisted that she begin voice lessons; for two years, she worked with Federico Bugamelli in her native city, followed by nine months' study with Luigi Toffolo. Her debut as a singer took place at San Giusto Church which had been the site of her baptism years before.

For advanced study, she moved to Florence where she became a pupil of the famous dramatic soprano Giulia Tess (who had herself begun her career as a mezzo soprano). Barbieri made her stage debut in Florence on November 4, 1940, in Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto. Her appearance as Fidalma was followed the next day by the role of Azucena in Verdi's Il trovatore. The third night, she returned to the role of Fidalma, beginning a reputation for endurance that accompanied her throughout her career.

After her beginnings in Florence, Barbieri sang for two and a half years at La Scala in Milan, initiating her relationship with that theatre as Meg Page in Falstaff. A part (Dariola) in the world premiere of Franco Alfano's Don Juan de Mañara at the 1941 Maggio Musicale Fiorentino attracted considerable attention as did her participation in two revivals of works by Monteverdi, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (1942) and Orfeo (1943). In 1943, she retired for two years to begin married life as the wife of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino director, Luigi Barlozetti. Her return to the stage in 1945 took place as Amneris in Verdi's Aida at the Teatro Verdi in Florence. Her career thereafter grew in depth and breadth as she undertook increasing numbers of roles in both the Verdi and bel canto repertories both at La Scala and elsewhere. During this decade, one of her most convincing triumphs came in the title role of Donizetti's La favorite, then a seldom-produced work.

In 1950, Barbieri was chosen by Rudolf Bing to perform the role of Princess Eboli in the new Metropolitan Opera manager's calling card production of Don Carlo. The acclaim she received in that much-heralded cast assured her presence at the Met for a total of nine seasons, during which she sang such additional roles as Amneris, Azucena, Dame Quickly, Carmen, Laura, and Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma (in which she, together with Maria Callas, opened the 1956 - 1957 season). She reprised Eboli in Covent Garden's Don Carlo of 1958.

Among her most impressive recording are her two each of Amneris and Azucena (with Milanov and Callas, respectively). Read less
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    100 Best Verdi
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 548466 Release Date: 11/06/2020   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Rolando Villazón,  Renato Bruson,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Marcello Viotti,  Giuseppe Patané,  Julius Rudel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Rossini Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 574311 Release Date: 10/26/2018   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ottorino Respighi
    Performer:  Annick Massis,  Rodney Gilfry,  Raúl Giménez,  Pietro Spagnoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  Gabriele Ferro,  Claudio Scimone,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Tuileries,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Cherubini: Medea / Callas, Bernstein, Teatro all Scala
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 563879 Release Date: 09/15/2017  
    Composer:  Luigi Cherubini
    Performer:  Angela Vercelli,  Maria Luisa Nache,  Maria Callas,  Gino Penno  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano,  Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano
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    Insolita / Tebaldi, Various
    Label: Hardy Classics   Catalog: 6021 Release Date: 07/28/2017   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Wagner,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Rolando Panerai,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Renata Tebaldi,  Giulio Scarenci  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfredo Simonetto,  Karl Böhm,  Antonino Votto,  Guido Cantelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan RAI Orchestra,  Milan RAI Chorus,  Naples Teatro San Carlo Orchestra  ... 
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    Arturo Toscanini conducts Verdi
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88883797792 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Paul Dennis,  George Cehanovsky,  Licia Albanese,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Westminster Choir,  Robert Shaw Chorale
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    Great Performances Recorded Live at Covent Garden 1955-1997
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9024 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Nowakowski,  Michael Langdon,  Raymond Nilsson,  Otakar Kraus  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Rudolf Kempe,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    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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    Verdi: Il Trovatore / Karajan, Callas, Panerai, Barbieri
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634094 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giulio Mauri,  Maria Callas,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Fedora Barbieri  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Arturo Toscanini: The Great Recordings 1929-1954
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 121247 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Jan Peerce,  Vivian della Chiesa,  Nicola Moscona,  Leonard [Baritone Vocal] Warren  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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    Il Trovatore (Highlights) (Hlts)
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1198 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Zinka Milanov,  Leonard Warren,  Fedora Barbieri
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale
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    Puccini: Suor Angelica / De Los Angeles, Barbieri, Serafin
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1306 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Fedora Barbieri,  Mina Doro,  Jussi Björling
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus,  RCA Victor Orchestra
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    Verdi - The Great Operas [18-CD Set]
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 9012 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Renato Ercolani,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Tito Gobbi,  William Dickie  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Renato Cellini,  Gabriele Santini,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale,  RCA Victor Orchestra  ... 
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    Puccini: The Great Operas [13-CD Set]
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 9011 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles,  Jussi Björling,  Robert Merrill,  John Reardon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Victor De Sabata,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Giuseppe Morelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Columbus Boychoir,  RCA Victor Chorus  ... 
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    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5022 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Anselmo Colzani,  Italo Tajo,  Vittoria Calma,  Ettore Bastianini  ... 
    Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
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    Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94892 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Sherrill Milnes,  Beverly Sills,  Ruggero Raimondi  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
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    Verdi: Falstaff / Gobbi, Schwarzkopf, Moffo, Alva, Karajan, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 48199 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Fedora Barbieri,  Renato Ercolani,  Tito Gobbi,  Nan Merriman  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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    Verdi: Il Trovatore / Bjorling, Milanov, Cellini
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2060 Release Date: 03/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Fedora Barbieri,  Zinka Milanov,  Jussi Björling,  Leonard Warren  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  RCA Victor Orchestra
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    Toscanini Collection Vol 63 - Verdi: Requiem, Te Deum
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60299 Release Date: 02/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Herva Nelli,  Fedora Barbieri,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Cesare Siepi  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Westminster Choir
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  • 19.
    Maria Pedrini - Recordings 1940-1955
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10183 Release Date: 12/17/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Licinio Refice,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Pedrini,  Alvinio Misciano,  Nicola Rossi-Lemeni,  Fedora Barbieri  ... 
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    Verdi: Il Trovatore / Karajan, Callas, Panerai, Barbieri
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40773 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giulio Mauri,  Maria Callas,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Fedora Barbieri  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 21.
    100 Best Verdi
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40878 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Richard Van Allan,  Keith Erwen,  Delia Wallis,  Ferruccio Mazzoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Tullio Serafin,  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Best Verdi 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40878 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    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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    Prima Voce - Giuseppe Di Stefano Sings Verdi & Puccini
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7957 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Maria Callas,  Melchiorre Luise,  Anna Maria Canali  ... 
    Conductor:  Victor De Sabata,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Renato Cellini,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
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    Verdi: Requiem / Toscanini, Nelli, Barbieri, Di Stefano, Siepi, Et Al
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7040 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Fedora Barbieri,  Herva Nelli,  Cesare Siepi
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale
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    Ettore Bastianini - Rossini, Puccini, Ponchielli, Verdi, Bizet, Giordano
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1205 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Ettore Bastianini,  Fedora Barbieri,  Mario Del Monaco,  Gianni Poggi  ... 
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