“Voce d’un angelo” was a term often used to describe Renata Tebaldi’s musicianship. That is undeniably the impression that she gave me in my first encounter with her artistry, in a famed recording of “Otello” under Herbert von Karajan. The purity and elegance of her singing was the perfect match for the role of Desdemona, which is undeniably one of her most revered interpretations.
In honor of the the iconic soprano’s birthday on Feb. 1 1922, here is a quiz that tests you on your knowledge of this legendary career. Tebaldi afficionados will be tested, while everyone else can learn a little something about the Italian soprano’s operatic journey.