Anna Moffo and Inva Mula share one thing in common – they are both lyric sopranos that have some overlapping roles and operas that they both performed.
But the sopranos, both born on June 27, also share something quite unique – TV and film.
Both opera singers have gotten their respective opportunities to not only shine on the operatic stage, but also on the silver screen. Here are the different video productions the two singers appeared in throughout their careers.
“La Bellisima,” as she was known for her fine looks appeared in a quite a diverse number of productions in Italy, where she hosted her own TV show, “The Anna Moffo Show,” in 1964 and 1967. She also appeared in film versions of “La Traviata” and “Lucia di Lammermoor,” both directed by her first husband Mario Lanfranchi and produced by TV director Sandro Bolchi. She also appeared on German television later on in her career, recording operetta films. She also appeared in “The Battle of Austerlitz” which also featured Claudia Cardinale, Pierre Mondy, Orson Welles and Vittorio de Sica, among many others.
She also appeared in “Menage Italian Style,” “Adieu 65: Hello 66,” “Love Me, Baby, Love Me!,” “The Adventures,” “The Divorce,” “A Girl Called Jules,” and “The Weekend Murders.”
Mula’s film experience really comes down to one project, but it is quite a massive undertaking. The soprano appeared in Luc Besson’s “The Fifth Element,” providing the voice of the Diva Plavalaguna, singing from “Lucia di Lammermoor.” According to reports, Besson wanted to utilize a recording of Maria Callas, who he adored, but the aged recordings did not provide the clarity necessary for the film’s soundtrack. As a result, he was introduced to Mula and the rest is history.