Leyla Gencer

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March Madness Part 4: 5 Favorite ‘Lucia Di Lammermoor’ Recordings
March Madness is coming to a close. With it, we've gone through memorable mad scenes in opera, breathtaking historic moments, and a little bit of musical history on Lucia's famous mad scene. To close this year's series, I want to go through my favorite recordings of "Lucia di Lammermoor." We've focused a lot on this opera as it has the most famous mad scene and what most consider one of…
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The Rare Verdi Operas That Soprano Leyla Gencer Championed
Leyla Gencer, born on Oct 10, 1928, was one of the greatest bel canto sopranos to ever grace the opera stage. She dominated a plethora of often over-looked Donizetti operas and sang everything she could by Bellini. And most importantly, she dominated some of the lesser known works of Giuseppe Verdi, a composer she may share a birthday with (his birthday may be Oct. 9 or 10). She did sing…
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6 Iconic Singers Who Championed Donizetti’s ‘Anna Bolena,”Lucrezia Borgia’ & ‘Norma’
December 26 marks the premiere of three major operas of the Bel canto repertoire. Donizetti's "Anna Bolena" premiered the day after Christmas in 1830 while his "Lucrezia Borgia" premiered in 1833 of that same date. Meanwhile, Bellini's "Norma" premiered on the 26th of December in 1831. All three works share similarities in that they are some of the most difficult works for sopranos in all of opera. Given these challenges, it is…