Rosanna Carteri, Soprano


One of the most beautiful and gifted Italian sopranos of her generation, Carteri made her professional debut at eighteen, as Elsa in Lohengrin at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome in 1949. Within the next few seasons, Carteri made house debuts at most of the principal Italian venues, including La Scala, Arena di Verona, La Fenice, Teatro di San Carlo and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, as well as at Covent Garden, Paris Opéra and the Salzburg Festival. Celebrated for her elegance, impeccable technique and sympathetic stage presence, Carteri sang repertoire that ranged from Desdemona, Violetta, Alice Ford, Liù, Magda in La rondine, Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites and Mathilde in Guillaume Tell to leading roles in new works such as Pizzetti’s Calzare d’argento and Castelnuovo- Tedesco’s Mercante di Venezia. Carteri’s facility in coloratura allowed her to handle bel canto showpieces such as La donna del lago, I Capuleti e I Montecchi and Linda di Chamounix; her gift for vividly expressed pathos made her unforgettable as Gluck’s Euridice and Natasha Rostova in Prokofiev’s War and Peace.

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