Amelita Galli-Curci

Biography

Born: November 18, 1882   Died: November 26, 1963  
Amelita Galli-Curci was one of the first female operatic stars of the phonograph. Among the many tributes paid her was one from Compton Mackenzie, the founder of Gramophone magazine, who said he could accept old age if he had as many records of Galli-Curci as of Caruso.

Her background was Italian and Spanish. Born Amelita Galli, she was a piano student in a well-to-do musical household. The well-known opera composer Mascagni visited her
Read more parents and on hearing her play and sing recommended that she become a singer. After that, Amelita diligently taught herself. She made her debut in 1906 as Gilda in Rigoletto, which remained a favorite role, and she took about ten years -- a fairly typical amount of time -- to become a star. She married the Marchese di Sineri and added his family name of Curci to her own. On her birthday in 1916 she scored a major triumph in Chicago, in Rigoletto, that made her an international star.

She had a fluid, clear, very beautiful voice and a great gift for sustaining lyric lines. She was at her best in roles calling for grace, pathos, and happiness and had neither the stage temperament nor the dramatic style needed for fiery, tempestuous parts. She is said to have lacked stage presence. Her voice recorded very well, particularly in the acoustic process, where it was taken down with such clarity and resonance that listeners supposed it was a large-sounding voice, which it was not, in person. The adjective that live listeners used frequently for her voice was "celestial." Her range at her peak was to the E above high C.

During the last days of the acoustic recording era (around 1924) musicians began to notice a curious lack of precision in intonation above the note F. At the same time, the top notes of her range began to lose their penetration. This was at the same time the shift to electrical recording took place. In 1935 it was discovered that she had a goiter, a form of throat tumor that had progressively been closing off the flow of her breath. It was surgically removed, but she never recovered her vocal powers. Read less
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  • 1.
    Stars Der Oper
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 38 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Giuseppe de Luca,  Ezio Pinza  ... 
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon,  Giulio Setti,  Bruno Reibold,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler  ... 
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    Caruso - Duets & Ensembles / Alda, Amato, De Luca, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61638 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Antonio Carlos Gomes,  Anton y Michelena  ... 
    Performer:  Enrico Caruso,  Giuseppe de Luca,  Minnie Egener,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Gaetano Scognamiglio,  Walter Rogers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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    Icon - Beniamino Gigli - Tenor Legend
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 55693 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Licia Albanese,  Leone Paci,  Giuseppe Nessi  ... 
    Conductor:  Umberto Berrettoni,  Franco Ghione,  Carlo Sabajno,  Walter Goehr  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    The Record of Singing - The Very Best of Vols 1-4
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28956 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Arthur Sullivan,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Marian Anderson,  Kosti Vehanen,  Dame Clara Butt,  Richard Crooks  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich,  Clarence Raybould,  Georges Lauweryns,  Nat Finston  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Pasdeloup Concert Association Orchestra  ... 
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    Prima Voce - Enrico Caruso - Opera Vol 3
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7924 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Georges Bizet,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Lapitino,  Enrico Caruso,  Emmy Destinn,  Antonio [Baritone Vocal] Scotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Giulio Setti
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  • 6.
    Great Voices Of The Past - Favorite French Excerpts
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8016 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jacques Halévy,  Gustave Charpentier,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
    Performer:  Rosa Ponselle,  Emmy Destinn,  Lawrence Tibbett,  Enrico Caruso  ... 
    Conductor:  Erno Rapée,  Carlo Sabajno,  Alberto Erede,  Lorenzo Molajoli  ... 
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    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 Olivero,  Rosa Ponselle  ... 
    Conductor:  Ugo Tansini,  Fritz Stiedry,  Hector Panizza,  Richard Kraus  ... 
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    Great Voices Of The Past - Verdi's Masterworks Vol 2
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 8014 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Tancredi Pasero,  Tito Schipa,  Nina Garelli,  Elvino Ventura  ... 
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon,  Vittorio Gui,  Carlo Sabajno,  Herbert Sandberg  ... 
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    Label: Hardy Classics   Catalog: 7001 Release Date: 06/03/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Maria Caniglia,  Ebe Stignani,  Carlo Tagliabue  ... 
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    Rca Red Seal Century - Vocalists
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63860 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Luisa Tetrazzini,  Titta Ruffo,  Giovanni Martinelli,  Alma Gluck  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Rosario Bourdon,  Renato Cellini,  Marcello Viotti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Viva Verdi!
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89223 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Toti Dal Monte,  Mariano Stabile,  Elisabeth Rethberg,  Mario Basiola  ... 
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    Maria Callas & The Great Sopranos
    Label: Avid   Catalog: 707 Release Date: 03/27/2001  
    Composer:  Gustave Charpentier,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Nellie Melba,  Claudia Muzio,  Elisabeth Rethberg,  Victoria de los Angeles  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Rogers,  Lorenzo Molajoli,  Rosario Bourdon,  Walter Susskind  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
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  • 13.
    Prima Voce Vol 2 - Treasury Of Opera - Historic Recordings
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1738 Release Date: 11/28/2000   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Félicien César David,  Jacques Offenbach,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Nina Koshetz,  Feodor Chaliapin,  Clement Barone,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Franco Ghione,  Rosario Bourdon,  Hans Lange  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    References - Beniamino Gigli - Opera Arias
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 61051 Release Date: 11/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet,  Charles Gounod,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Maria Caniglia,  Louise Homer,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
    Conductor:  Franco Ghione,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Umberto Berrettoni,  Oliviero de Fabritiis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    The Golden Age Of Singing Vol 2 - 1910-1920
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7052 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Barrientos,  Giuseppe de Luca,  Renato Zanelli,  Titta Ruffo  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno,  Romano Romani,  Walter Rogers
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    The Prima Voce Treasury Of Opera Vol 1
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1742 Release Date: 02/15/2000   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Jules Massenet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Eidé Noréna,  Conchita Supervia,  Tito Schipa,  Riccardo Stracciari  ... 
    Conductor:  Henri Défosse,  Angelo Albergoni,  Giorgio Polacco,  Nils Grevillius  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odeon-Künstler Orchestra,  Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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    Artists Of The Century - Caruso - Greatest Tenor In The World
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63469 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Enrico Caruso,  Flora Perini,  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Giuseppe de Luca  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Giulio Setti,  Walter Rogers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Prima Voce - Tenors 1904-1937 / Caruso, Schipa, Mccormack
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1794 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  George Frideric Handel,  Victor Herbert,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Tito Schipa,  John McCormack,  Mario Sammarco,  Lucrezia Bori  ... 
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    Prima Voce - Prima Voce Party
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7839 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Marcel Delannoy,  H. de Fontenailles,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber,  Hugues Cuénod,  Rosa Ponselle,  Miliza Korjus  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Maurice Jaubert,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Lawrence Collingwood  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Giuseppe De Luca
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89036 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Diaz Bessón  ... 
    Performer:  Giuseppe de Luca,  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Lucrezia Bori
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon,  Josef Pasternack
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Giuseppe De Luca Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89073 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Giuseppe de Luca,  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Grace Anthony  ... 
    Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon,  Giulio Setti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 22.
    Prima Voce Sampler
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1430 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Amand Mangold,  Richard Strauss,  Traditional,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Frieda Hempel,  Tiana Lemnitz,  Erna Berger  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Gustav Cloëz,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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  • 23.
    Caruso In Love
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61639 Release Date: 02/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Helen Guy,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Angelo Mascheroni  ... 
    Performer:  Enrico Caruso,  Giuseppe de Luca,  Flora Perini,  Amelita Galli-Curci  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Pasternack,  Walter Rogers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Prima Voce - Amelita Galli-Curci Vol 2
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7852 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Félicien César David,  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Clement Barone,  Tito Schipa,  Giuseppe de Luca  ... 
    Conductor:  Giulio Setti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Prima Voce - Divas 1917-1939 / Ponselle, Galli-curci, Norena
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1795 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Anonymous,  Gabriel Fauré,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Eidé Noréna,  Amelita Galli-Curci,  Tito Schipa,  Giuseppe de Luca  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus
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