(performer: "Dio Ti Giocondi" (uncredited))
Appeared in Metropolitan Opera's first televised event at NBC studios, March 10, 1940, singing an aria from Bizet's "Carmen".
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Only God makes a diva. No, just call me a plain singer with lots of expression. [in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in 2004]
Her big break came in her native Italy in 1934, when she took over for the indisposed star of "Madama Butterfly" at Milan's Teatro Lirico. She turned that heroine into a signature role, with reportedly more than 300 performances during her career. She made over 400 appearances at the Met, holding the record for the most "La Traviatas" (87).