Obituary: Argentinian Soprano Adelaida Negri Passes Away At 75

By Nicole Kuchta

Argentinian soprano Adelaida Negri passed away on Aug. 17, 2019 at the age of 75, due to an enduring illness.

Born in Buenos Aires to Italian parents in 1943, Negri, as noted by Platea Magazine, “had a very meritorious and unanimously recognized international career, with outstanding appearances in some of the great theaters of the world.”

According to her website, Negri studied voice and acting at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón, and later at the London Opera Center. She made her opera debut in “The Merry Widow” at Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires in 1974, and went on to perform with the company in numerous roles including ” “Rita”, “Madama Butterfly,” “La vida breve,” “Don Carlo,”“Mefistofele,” “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “Norma,” “Beatrice di Tenda,” “Nabucco,” “Aida,” the world’s première of “Antigona Velez” by Juan Carlos Zorzi, “Proserpina y el extranjero” by Juan José Castro, and “Macbeth.”

She would also go on to perform all over Europe and the Americas at venues including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Arena di Verona, to name just a few. She performed alongside the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Sherrill Milnes, and Franco Bonisolli.

A soprano sfogato, Negri was known for her extensive repertoire. She was “capable of doing justice to the scores of bel canto or Verdi.” Her roles ranged from Norma to Tosca to Aida to Lucia di Lammermoor.

She founded La Casa de la Opera de Buenos Aires in 1997 in order to promote young performers and create opportunities for lesser known Bel Canto works to be performed in Argentina.

Negri left a number of live performance recordings including “Norma,” “Macbeth,” “Turandot,” “Anna Bolena,” “I Masnadieri,” “La vestale,” and “Tosca,” among many others.

Here she is performing “Nabucco” in Buenos Aires.

And here she is alongside Domingo in the title role of “Norma” from the Metropolitan Opera.