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Leyla Gencer (1924–2008)

Gencer was born in Turkey. Her mother was from Poland and her father from Turkey. She began studying at the Istanbul Conservatory and later she took private lessons in Ankara with the famous Italian soprano Giannina Arangi-Lombardi. She later sang in the chorus of the Turkish State Opera until she made her operatic debut in Ankara in 1950 as ... See full bio »


(age 83) in Milan, Italy

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Don Giovanni Donna Elvira
Verdi Marianna Barbieri-Nini
Il trovatore Leonora
Aida Aida


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 1982 Verdi (TV Mini-Series)
Marianna Barbieri-Nini
- Gli anni di galera (1982) ... Marianna Barbieri-Nini
 1966 Aida (TV Movie)
 1963 Aida (TV Movie)
 1960 Don Giovanni (TV Movie)
Donna Elvira
 1957/I Il trovatore (TV Movie)
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 1999 Opera Fanatic (Documentary) (performer: "Aida")
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 2019 Leyla Gencer: La Diva Turca (Documentary)
 2006 Passion Callas (Video documentary)
 1999 Opera Fanatic (Documentary)

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Other Works:

La Scala debut in 1957, as Madame Lidoine in the premiere of Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmelites". See more »

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1 Print Biography | 8 Articles | See more »

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Yes, I am severe. But I've grown a little sweeter with age-I think. Still, I say things I shouldn't, yet I say them. It's not a good idea, it doesn't help things. I should be more diplomatic, more false. I'm not like that. At my age, I can't change, can I? See more »


She lives and teaches in Milan (Italy) See more »


La Diva Turca

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