Obituary: Italian Soprano Rosanna Carteri Dies, Aged 89

By Logan Martell

On October 25, Italian soprano Rosanna Carteri passed away in the city of Monte Carlo.

Born in Verona on December 14, 1930, Carteri began learning music from a young age, performing in concerts since the age of 12. In 1948, she won a RAI singing contest which led to her making her operatic debut in Rome in Wagner’s “Lohengrin,” playing the role of Elsa at 19-years-old.

Two years later, Carteri debuted at La Scala as well as the Salzburg Festival, going on to international fame.

As a recording artist, she has sung for recordings of works such as Rossini’s “Guglielmo Tell,” Puccini’s “La Bohème,” “Suor Angelica,” and Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Carteri has performed in RAI television productions of “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Otello,” and “Falstaff,” among others.

In 1966, Carteri chose to retire from opera at the age of 36 to care for her family.