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Dan Shea


Anita Cerquetti, soprano, Jussi Bjorling


Famed Italian soprano Anita Cerquetti died on October 11, 2014 with much media discussion of her brilliant ca reer and its puzzling end. Born in April 1931, she made a debut as Aida at age 20 in Spoleto, with reviews praising her "limpid tone and powerful voice:' A yea r later she appeared twice in Il trovatore at Milan's Teatro Nuovo, and in a series of concerts with Beniamino Gigli. In summer 1953 she sang Aida at the Verona Arena, following Callas's appearances there in the same role; her reviews were complimentary, but the major theaters continued to ignore her-she had to con tent herself with Il trovatore and La forza del destino in Mestre and Pisa. The re was lots of opera then in Italy, but also lots of competition for the 22- year -old! So she continued her studies, good for her.

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