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date: 12 November 2019

Melis, Carmenlocked

  • J.B. Steane

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(b Cagliari, Aug 16, 1885; d Longone al Segino, nr Como, Dec 19, 1967). Italian soprano. Her teachers included Antonio Cotogni and De Reszke family . She made her début as Thaïs at Novara in 1905 and had a great success at Naples the following year in Mascagni’s Iris; she also sang in Rome and toured Russia and Poland in 1907. From 1909 to 1913 she was with Hammerstein’s company at the Manhattan, New York, where she was admired for her Latin temperament as well as for her voice. In Boston her roles included Desdemona and Helen of Troy, with the Puccini heroines at the centre of her repertory. She sang at Covent Garden in 1913, appearing in Pagliacci and La bohème with Caruso, and giving her part in I gioielli della Madonna ‘all its romance and savagery’ (The Times). On her return in 1929 the voice had faded, and she contributed an overplayed Musetta and an undersung Tosca. She remained a favourite for many years at La Scala, where in ...

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