- Harold Rosenthal
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(b Portomaggiore, nr Ferrara, Jan 6, 1903; d Milan, Sept 3, 1981). Italian soprano. She studied with Vezzani in Bologna and in 1926 made her début at Cremona, under the name of Maria Bianchi, as Lola (Cavalleria rusticana); her ‘official’ début was at Parma in 1927 as Liù. After singing Elsa and Margherita she was engaged at La Scala, where she made her début as Eva in 1928. She continued to sing there until 1950. A leading singer throughout Italy, she sang Norina, Liù and Zerlina at Covent Garden (1937, 1939) and in 1938 made her only American appearances, at San Francisco and the Metropolitan (where she made her début as Mimì). Her repertory included Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto), Susanna, Violetta, Martha, Suzel (L’amico Fritz), Zazà and – her most famous role – Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. In addition, she created several roles, including the title role in Mascagni’s ...