Thursday, May 6, 2010

In Memoriam: Giulietta Simionato 1910-2010

Legendary mezzo-soprano Giulietta Simionato, [R.] died Wednesday. She would have turned 100 on May 12.

Simionato, a good friend of Maria Callas and the president of the International Maria Callas Association, died at her home in Rome, the ANSA news agency reported.

In a tribute to Simionato at her final performance in 1966, La Scala praised her "expansive, balanced, emotional and recognizable" voice as well as her personal character.

"Few 'family artists' have been so loved, and no book on the history of opera can consider itself complete without a chapter on her dazzling career," La Scala said.

Giulietta Simionato with Renata Tebaldi.

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