Galli-Curci [née Galli], Amelita
- Desmond Shawe-Taylor
(b Milan, Italy, Nov 18, 1882; d La Jolla, CA, Nov 26, 1963). Italian soprano, naturalized American. She graduated from the Milan Conservatory in 1903 with a first prize as a pianist; on the advice of Mascagni she also had some vocal lessons there with Carlo Carignani and Sara Dufes, but was mainly self-taught. She made her debut at Trani, Italy in 1906 as Gilda, a role that remained a favorite throughout her career. In 1908 she appeared in Rome with Giuseppe De Luca in the Italian premiere of Bizet’s posthumous Don Procopio. During the next eight years she became increasingly successful in the coloratura repertory, not only in Italy but in Spain, Egypt, and Russia, and in South and Central America.
Galli-Curci made a spectacular debut at Chicago as Gilda on 18 November 1916. She remained with the Chicago company for eight consecutive seasons, singing Rosina, Bellini’s Amina, Donizetti’s Lucia and Linda di Chamounix, Violetta, Meyerbeer’s Dinorah, Gounod’s Juliette, Massenet’s Manon, Delibes’s Lakmé, and an occasional Mimì and Madama Butterfly. She made her debut at the Metropolitan in ...