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
Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Perlea, Bjoerling, Albanese, Et Al
Release Date: 04/12/2005   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1428   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    Voice Of Firestone - Great Sopranos / Steber, Sutherland, Price, Et Al
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2442 Release Date: 11/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oscar Straus,  Victor Herbert,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Eleanor Steber,  Jeanette MacDonald,  Patrice Munsel,  Roberta Peters  ... 
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    Verdi: La Traviata (Complete Rehearsal) / Toscanini, Nbcso
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 4271 Release Date: 03/30/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Robert Merrill,  Johanne Morland,  Licia Albanese,  Maxine Stellman  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Licia Albanese
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89581 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilèa,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Licia Albanese,  Lucielle Browning,  James Melton
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Victor Trucco,  Jean Paul Morel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Great Voices Of The Past - The Sopranos
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8013 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Claudia Muzio,  Conchita Supervia,  Magda [Soprano Vocal] Olivero,  Rosa [Soprano Vocal] Ponselle  ... 
    Conductor:  Ugo Tansini,  Fritz Stiedry,  Hector Panizza,  Richard Kraus  ... 
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  • 30.
    Jan Peerce Sings Verdi - Rigoletto, La Traviata, Etc
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 196 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Jan Peerce,  Arthur Kent,  Leonard Warren,  Licia Albanese  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilfrid Pelletier,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Jean Paul Morel,  Sylvan Levin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Chorus
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    Puccini: Gianni Schicchi / Strauss: Salome - 1949 Metropolitan Opera Double Bill
    Label: Guild   Catalog: GHCD2230/1 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Cloe Elmo,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Italo Tajo,  Licia Albanese  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Antonicelli,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Debut Series - Giuseppe Di Stefano - My First Puccini
    Label: Fono Enterprise   Catalog: 1062 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Leonard Warren,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Edoardo Moser,  George Cehanovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini,  Guido Picco,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Otto Ackermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Association Orchestra,  Mexico City Palacio de Bellas Artes Chorus  ... 
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    Debut Series - Giuseppe Di Stefano - My First Record
    Label: Fono Enterprise   Catalog: 1061 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Edoardo Moser,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Licia Albanese,  Leonard Warren
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Renato Cellini,  Emidio Tieri,  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Teatro alla Scala Orchestra Professori  ... 
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    Great Voices Of The Past - Great Opera Ensembles
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8003 Release Date: 01/01/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett,  Herman Dreeben,  Nicholas Massue,  Henri Albers  ... 
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    Arturo Toscanini Conducts Verdi
    Label: Fono Enterprise   Catalog: 1004 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Jan Peerce,  Licia Albanese
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  NBC Symphony Chorus
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  • 36.
    The Emi Record Of Singing Vol 3 - 1926-1939
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 132 Release Date: 12/14/1999   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Federico Ricci,  William Garnet James  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard Hüsch,  Lotte Schöne,  Salvatore Baccaloni,  Irma Mion  ... 
    Conductor:  Hanns Udo Müller,  Erich Orthmann,  Carlo Sabajno,  Franco Ghione  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Chorus,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Puccini: La Bohème / Cellini, Albanese, Di Stefano, Et Al
    Label: Vai Audio   Catalog: 1188 Release Date: 11/30/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Giuseppe Valdengo,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Licia Albanese,  Audrey Schuh  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Orleans Opera Orchestra,  New Orleans Opera Chorus
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  • 38.
    Mario Lanza - Opera Arias And Duets
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63491 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Friedrich von Flotow  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza,  Licia Albanese,  Elaine Malbin,  Jean Fenn  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantin Callinicos,  Ray Heindorf,  Ray Sinatra
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Licia Albanese - Early Live Performances 1937-1949
    Label: Grand Tier   Catalog: 1597 Release Date: 12/23/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Franz Lehár,  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Licia Albanese
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  • 40.
    Prima Voce - Puccini: La Boheme / Berretoni, Gigli, Albanese
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7862 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Licia Albanese,  Beniamino Gigli,  Nello Palai,  Carlo Scattola  ... 
    Conductor:  Umberto Berrettoni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Bizet: Carmen / Reiner, Stevens, Peerce, Merrill, Albanese
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 7981 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Margaret Roggero,  Hugh Thompson,  Osie Hawkins,  Alessio De Paolis  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lycée Français Children's Chorus,  Robert Shaw Chorale,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Jussi Bjorling- Pearl Fishers Duet, Etc / Tebaldi, Merrill
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 7799 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Robert Merrill,  Jussi Björling,  Emil Markow,  Tommaso Frascati  ... 
    Conductor:  Renato Cellini,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Jonel Perlea
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Sondheim: Follies In Concert / Cook, Remick, Patinkin, Hearn
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 27128 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Stephen Sondheim
    Performer:  Adolph Green,  Elaine Stritch,  Betty Comden,  Phyllis Newman  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Label: Encore Productions   Catalog: 1597 Release Date: 12/23/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Licia Albanese,  Giulio Tomei,  Giovanni Martinelli,  Charles Kullman  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alfredo Antonini,  Giuseppe Antonicelli
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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?
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!