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date: 22 October 2019

Ferrani [Zanazzio], Cesiralocked

  • Elizabeth Forbes
  • , revised by Marco Beghelli

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(b Turin, May 8, 1863; d Pollone, nr Biella, May 4, 1943). Italian soprano. She studied with Antonietta Fricci in Turin, where she made her début in 1887 as Micaëla and later sang Gilda. After singing in Venice and Genoa, where she took part in the first performance of Mascagni’s Le maschere (1891), she created the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at Turin (1893), repeating the role in Buenos Aires, Rome and other cities. She sang Suzel (L’amico Fritz) at Monte Carlo (1895), then created Mimì in La bohème at Turin (1896). At La Scala she sang Mélisande in the first Milan performance of Pelléas et Mélisande with Toscanini (1908). Her repertory included Juliet, Massenet’s Sapho and Charlotte, Amelia (Simon Boccanegra), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Elsa and Eva (Die Meistersinger). She retired from the stage after a final appearance as Mélisande (Rome, ...

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