Opera Singers

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Maria Callas
This volatile opera diva was born in New York City to Greek émigrés in 1923. Her father set up a pharmacy and changed the family name from Kalogeropoulos to Callas. As a child Maria studied the piano. When her parents separated (she was 14 at the time), her mother returned to Athens with Maria and her sister...
 
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Enrico Caruso
Soundtrack, Match Point
Enrico Caruso (b. Errico Caruso) was born on February 25, 1873, in Naples, Italy. He was the third of seven children to a poor alcoholic father. He received little primary education and briefly studied music with conductor Vicenzo Lombardini. His early income was from singing serenades. Caruso made his operatic debut on March 15...
 
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Plácido Domingo
Although born in Madrid, Spain, Placido Domingo spent a major portion of his life living in Mexico City where he graduated from the Mexico City Conservatory. His first operatic performance was in a staging of La Traviata in Monterrey playing Alfredo. He was then a Tenor for the Israel National Opera and subsequently moved to Europe.
 
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Luciano Pavarotti
Soundtrack, Spectre
Luciano Pavarotti was the best-selling classical singer and humanitarian known for his most original and popular performances with the 'Three Tenors' and 'Pavarotti & Friends'. He was born on October 12, 1935, in Modena, Emilia-Romagna, in Northern Italy. He was the first child and only son of two children in the family of a baker...
 
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José Carreras
Josep Maria Carreras i Coll was born on December 5, 1946, in Barcelona, Spain. His father was the owner of a small chemical plant. Young Carreras showed early interest in music after seeing Mario Lanza in the film The Great Caruso at the age of 6. He gave his first public performance on the Spanish National Radio at the age of 8...
 
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Kiri Te Kanawa
Kiri Te Kanawa studied voice in New Zealand, where she was a popular singer as a teenager. She enrolled in the London Opera Center in 1966, and had her Covent Garden debut 1 December 1971. Although her acting ability is highly regarded on the operatic stage, she has made few theatrical films.
 
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Eva Marton
Actress, Bánk bán
She is one of the most famous dramatic sopranos in the world, and has performed at many of the world's great opera houses. She is renowned for her starring performances in the operas Turandot, Tosca, and Elektra. She has also performed the lead roles in many Wagner operas, including Tannhauser, Lohengrin, and the role of Brunnhilde in the Ring operas.
 
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Beverly Sills
This vibrant, fine-humored coloratura was able to accomplish what most others of her ilk could or would not do -- she humanized opera and made it approachable to the masses. There were no diva-like traits in this star and the public absolutely adored her for it. Dubbed "America's Queen of Opera" in 1971 by Time magazine...
 
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Jon Vickers
Actor, Otello
Outspoken and somewhat controversial, but highly acclaimed, Canadian tenor with a huge voice and a repertoire ranging from German, to English, to Italian and to French opera and song. He is the most highly acclaimed "Peter Grimes" of the last forty years. He is known not only for his beautiful and expressive voice...
 
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Gundula Janowitz
The esteemed German soprano, Gundula Janowitz, studied with Herbert Thoumlney at the Graz Conservatory. In 1959 Gundula Janowitz made her formal operatic debut as Barbarina at the Vienna State Opera, and later became one of its leading members. She later sang at the Bayreuth Festivals between 1960-1963 and the Salzburg Festival from 1963...
 
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Renata Tebaldi
Soundtrack, Moonstruck
Renata Tebaldi was and is surely one of the best Spinto soprano voices that any century has ever heard. She made her operatic debut, through bombed streets in 1944 in Mefistofele, as Elena. Then was hand picked for the reopening of La Scala, 46 by Toscanini. It was there that the legendary "Voice of an Angel" started...
 
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“ The Voice of Firestone: Season 4, Episode 21
Episode #4.21 (19 Jan. 1953) ” - quietgiant2
 
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Nicolai Gedda
Nicolai Harry Gustav Gedda (Nikolaj Ustinov) was born on July 11, 1925, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was adopted by his Russian-Swedish aunt, named Olga Gedda, and her Russian husband, named Mikhail Ustinov; who came to Sweden after the Russian Civil War and sang with an émigré Don Cossac choir and also was a cantor in a Russian Orthodox Church...
 
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Kirsten Flagstad
Born in Stranstuen, Hamar, Norway, Norwegian soprano Kisten Flagstad's father was a conductor, and her mother was a singing coach and pianist as well as her first teacher. Flagstad continued her studies in Oslo with Ellen Schyte-Jacobsen and in Stockholm with Dr. Gillis Bratt. While still a student...
 
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Anna Moffo
The dark and smoldering American soprano Anna Moffo was born in Wayne Pennsylvania, on June 27, 1932, and, following graduation at Radnor High School, studied at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music and in Rome, Italy on a Fulbright scholarship at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia. At one time she was actually considering joining a nunnery but her love for music won out...
 
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Hermann Prey
Prey was recognized as a gifted actor as well as a magnificent baritone. Born in and beloved of Germany, he was adored too around the world.
 
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Yvonne Minton
Actress, Lulu
 
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Feodor Chaliapin Sr.
Feodor Chaliapin Sr. was born on February 13, 1873, in Omet Tawi, near Kazan, Russia. His childhood was full of suffering, hunger, and humiliation. From the age of 10-16, he was working jobs at river ports, restaurants, and tried acting on stage with various Russian provincial troupes. In 1890, Chaliapin was hired to sing in a choir at the Semenov-Samarsky private theatre in Ufa...
 
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