Ebe Stignani

Biography

Born: July 10, 1903; Naples, Italy   Died: October 5, 1974; Imola, Italy  
Short in stature and by no means slender, mezzo-soprano Ebe Stignani was a paragon among twentieth-century singers in her vocal range, a compass sweeping from low F to a shining high C of a quality and power many dramatic sopranos envied. Although she herself admitted to being no actress, her stage appearances carried enormous force through her singing alone. Her career was born in an age of other great mezzos and extended nearly three decades Read more into the prime years of Giulietta Simionato, Elena Nicolai, and Fedora Barbieri. She recorded often, preserving several of her most celebrated roles in complete performances.

Beginning with the study of piano at the Conservatory of San Pietro di Maiella in her native Naples, Stignani soon undertook courses in vocal training under Agostino Roche who cautioned her not to exploit her facile top register by becoming a soprano. During her five years with Roche, she worked on solfčge and scales even as she studied harmony and both the choral and the operatic literature.

Stignani's debut took place at the San Carlo in Naples in 1925 when she plunged into the dramatic role of Amneris in Verdi's Aida. Called upon by Arturo Toscanini for an audition, she found herself with a contract for La Scala and began her long career there with La Gioconda, Götterdämmerung, and Weber's Der Freischütz (in the brief, but uncompromisingly soprano role of Aennchen). Soon, she was singing under the finest conductors of the time: Ghione, Gui, Guarnieri, Marinuzzi, Panizza, and Serafin. Given the size and thrust of her voice, she was assigned a great deal of Wagner, each role sung in her native language, as was the custom of the time in Italy. Likewise, she came to make the big Verdi roles her own -- Ulrica, Azucena, Preziosilla, and Eboli in Don Carlo. In the latter, she was a last-minute substitute for the revered Giuseppina Cobelli and, despite her usually placid nature, found the experience of taking over for a singer so esteemed by the Scala audience a nerve-wracking one. Stignani triumphed, and found the demanding role becoming one of her two mainstay parts, the other being Leonora in Donizetti's La favorita.

Beyond the Verdi/Wagner literature, Stignani embraced Fidalma in Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto, Carmen, Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma, Marina in Boris Godunov, Dalila and the role she loved above all others, Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. Elsewhere in Italy, her roles at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino were the High Priestess in Spontini's La vestale and Fenena in Nabucco in 1933. By 1940, she was engaged for the more important role of Arsace in Rossini's Semiramide. Meanwhile, other opera houses outside of Italy summoned her for a variety of works. She sang in London beginning in 1937, when she debuted as Amneris, and continuing periodically until her Adalgisa opposite Callas in 1952 and 1957, the year before her retirement. The United States heard her in opera only, at San Francisco (1938 and 1948) and in Chicago (1955), where her appearances included a memorable Il trovatore with Callas and Björling. A rapturously received recital at Carnegie Hall in 1948 failed to produce another offer from the Metropolitan Opera (a 1939 contract was voided by the outbreak of WWII), but she sang with success in South America as well as throughout Europe.

Among Stignani's commercially recorded roles are Amneris (twice), Adalgisa (twice), Eboli, Preziosilla, and Laura. Read less
Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Tieri, Poggi, Cerquetti, Bastianini, Stignani, Neri
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Andromeda  
Catalog: 5083   Number of Discs: 2
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Verdi: Aida / Tebaldi, Stignani, Del Monaco, Erede
Release Date: 04/12/1994   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 440239   Number of Discs: 2
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Bellini: Norma / Serafin, Callas, Fillipeschi, Stignani
Release Date: 08/19/1997   Label: Emi Classics  
Catalog: 56271   Number of Discs: 3
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Bellini: Norma / Gui, Cigna, Stignani, Breviario, Et Al
Release Date: 09/12/2000   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 9004   Number of Discs: 2
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Bizet: Carmen / Bellezza, Stignani, Gigli, Rome Opera, Et Al
Release Date: 02/27/2001   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1278   Number of Discs: 2
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    Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Tieri, Poggi, Cerquetti, Bastianini, Stignani, Neri
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5083 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ettore Bastianini,  Gianni Poggi,  Anita Cerquetti,  Ebe Stignani  ... 
    Conductor:  Emidio Tieri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Florence Teatro Comunale Chorus
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    Bellini: Norma / Callas, Filippeschi, Stignani, Caroli
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634111 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Ebe Stignani,  Nicola Rossi-Lemeni,  Mario Filippeschi,  Rina Cavallari  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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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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    Maria Callas at Covent Garden 1962 & 1964
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 3770 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Mirto Picchi,  Ebe Stignani,  Giacomo Vaghi  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Gui,  Georges Prętre,  Carlo Felice Cillario
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Grandioso! - Great Verdi Recordings From Caruso To Pavarotti [7 CD-Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001928802 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Sándor Kónya,  Maria Németh,  Ebe Stignani,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  János Kulka,  Alberto Erede,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
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    A Tribute To Giuseppe Verdi
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93484 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ebe Stignani,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Carlo Bergonzi,  Erna Berger  ... 
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    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 723 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Maria Caniglia,  Beniamino Gigli,  Ebe Stignani,  Armando Borgioli
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Verdi: Don Carlo
    Label: Cetra   Catalog: 661437 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Mirto Picchi,  Ebe Stignani,  Maria Caniglia,  Paolo Silveri  ... 
    Conductor:  Fernando Previtali
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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    Icon: Maria Callas - La Divina
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 23401 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Francesco Cilča,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Giuseppe Morresi,  Ebe Stignani,  Raffaele Arié  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Nicola Rescigno,  Georges Prętre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Marinuzzi, Masini, Caniglia, Stignani
    Label: Cetra   Catalog: 61485 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ebe Stignani,  Carlo Tagliabue,  Galliano Masini,  Tancredi Pasero  ... 
    Conductor:  Gino Marinuzzi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
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    Spontini: La Vestale / Votto, Callas, Corelli, Sordello
    Label: La Scala   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gasparo Spontini
    Performer:  Enzo Sordello,  Nicola Rossi-Lemeni,  Ebe Stignani,  Franco Corelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Giannina Arangi Lombardi II
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89746 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Giannina Arangi-Lombardi,  Ebe Stignani
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    Verdi: Aida / Beniamino Gigli, Maria Caniglia, Ebe Stignani, Lia Serafini
    Label: Bel Canto Society   Catalog: 54 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Gino Bechi,  Maria Caniglia,  Ebe Stignani  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
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    Label: Myto Records   Catalog: 165 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Friedrich v. Flotow,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Giuseppe Di Stefano,  Giuseppe Taddei,  Ebe Stignani  ... 
    Conductor:  Roberto Paoletti,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Nino Sanzogno
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    Bellini: Norma / Serafin, Del Monaco, Callas
    Label: Myto Records   Catalog: 140 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Giuseppe Modesti,  Maria Callas,  Athos Cesarini,  Mario Del Monaco  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Rome,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
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    Bel Canto - The Beautiful Voices of Italian Opera
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9803 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Renata Scotto,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Piero Cappuccilli,  Agostino Ferrin  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Riccardo Muti,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Turin,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome  ... 
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    Maria Callas / 7 Complete Operas (14-disc Set)
    Label: Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog: 9907 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Umberto Giordano,  Gasparo Spontini  ... 
    Performer:  Virgilio Carbonari,  Piero de Palma,  Rinaldo Pelizzoni,  Ettore Bastianini  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonino Votto,  Herbert von Karajan,  Tullio Serafin,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Maria Callas - The Complete Studio Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95918 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  David Sellar,  Giorgio Tadeo,  Tito Gobbi  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno,  Georges Prętre,  Tullio Serafin,  Antonino Votto  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Paris Opera Orchestra,  Paris Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Tancredi Pasero - Arias Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89114 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Gino Vanelli,  Ebe Stignani,  Francesco Merli,  Giovanni Malipiero  ... 
    Conductor:  Angelo Albergoni,  Ugo Tansini,  Lorenzo Molajoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  EIAR Symphony Orchestra Turin
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    Bellini: Norma / Serafin, Callas, Stignani
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 86834 Release Date: 06/07/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Paolo Caroli,  Rina Cavallari,  Ebe Stignani  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Grand Tier - Bellini: Norma / Serafin, Callas, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7003 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Mario Del Monaco,  Ebe Stignani,  Rina Cavallari,  Athos Cesarini  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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    Bellini: Norma / Serafin, Callas, Fillipeschi, Stignani
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 62642 Release Date: 10/07/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Ebe Stignani,  Nicola Rossi-Lemeni,  Paolo Caroli,  Rina Cavallari  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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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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    Verdi: Aida / Erede, Tebaldi, Del Monaco, Corena, Et Al
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 191 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Mario Del Monaco,  Fernando Corena,  Aldo Protti  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Carlo Galeffi Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89536 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Galeffi,  Rosetta Pampanini,  Lina Bruna Rasa,  Lionello Cecil  ... 
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