Daniela Dessì

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Daniela Dessì, in 2009

Daniela Dessì (14 May 1957 – 20 August 2016) was an Italian operatic soprano, born in Genoa.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Genoa, Italy, Dessì completed her studies at the Conservatory of Parma and the Accademia Chigiana of Siena. She made her operatic debut on 7 December 1978 at Sanremo Casino's theatre as Serpina in La serva padrona by Pergolesi during the season of Savona's Teatro dell'Opera Giocosa.[2] In 1980 she distinguished herself as a finalist at the Maria Callas International Competition organized by Italy's RAI TV.[3] Her international career took her to a variety of opera theatres, singing under the direction of conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, and the Metropolitan Opera's James Levine.[4]

Dessì's 2008–2009 season began with Tosca in Florence, where she performed an encore of "Vissi d'arte", the first encore at Teatro Comunale di Firenze since Renata Tebaldi's "Amami Alfredo" in 1956.[5] She later performed at the Verdi Theatre in Trieste, and also performed Adriana Lecouvreur in Palermo, Puccini's La fanciulla del West in Seville,[6] Manon Lescaut in Warsaw, Madama Butterfly in Hanover, and Aida in Verona and Cagliari. She closed the season in Barcelona with Turandot. In January 2009, she opened the season of recital at La Scala.[7]

Dessì's partner was the Italian tenor Fabio Armiliato, with whom she frequently performed and recorded. She died of colon cancer at Poliambulanza Hospital in Brescia on 20 August 2016, at age 59.[8]

Repertoire[edit]

Giuseppe Verdi

Giacomo Puccini

Vincenzo Bellini

Gaetano Donizetti

Gioachino Rossini

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Pietro Mascagni

Umberto Giordano

Francesco Cilea

Ruggero Leoncavallo

Christoph Willibald Gluck

Claudio Monteverdi

Georg Friedrich Händel

Arrigo Boito

Georges Bizet

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Domenico Cimarosa

Luigi Nicolini

Jacques Offenbach

Amilcare Ponchielli

Sergej Prokofiev

Nino Rota

Antonio Salieri

Tommaso Traetta

Antonio Vivaldi

Ermanno Wolf Ferrari

Riccardo Zandonai

Discography[edit]

  • La Traviata. Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma, John Neschling, conductor. SoloVoce
  • Puccini Arias. Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona, Marco Boemi, conductor. Decca
  • Daniela Dessì sings Verdi. Orchestra della Fondazione Toscanini, Steven Mercurio, conductor. Decca
  • Umberto Giordano, Andrea Chénier. Armiliato, Guelfi, Rinaldi; Orchestra Sinfonica Verdi Milano, Vjekoslav Šutej, conductor. Universal
  • Love Duets. conductor: Marco Boemi. Philips
  • Giacomo Puccini, Madama Butterfly. Armiliato, Pons, Plácido Domingo, conductor. Dynamic
  • Giacomo Puccini, Tosca. Armiliato, Raimondi. Opus Arte (BBC)
  • Giuseppe Verdi, Aida. Armiliato, Fiorillo. Opus Arte (BBC)
  • Giacomo Puccini, Manon Lescaut. Armiliato, Vanaud, Mercurio. Real Sound
  • Enrico Toselli, Le Romanze Ritrovate. Armiliato, Leonardo Previero, piano. Real Sound
  • Francesco Cilea, Adriana Lecouvreur. Borodina, Larin, Guelfi; Rizzi-Brignoli. TDK
  • Domenico Cimarosa, Gli Orazii e i Curiazii. Angeloni, Bolognesi, Alaimo; De Bernart, conductor. Bongiovanni
  • Antonio Vivaldi, Il Farnace. Dupuy, Angeloni, Malakova, Gamberucci; De Bernart, conductor. Arkadia Fonit Cetra/Agora Musica
  • Gioachino Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia. Raffanti, Depuy, Portella; Zedda, conductor. Frequenz
  • Gioachino Rossini, Ciro in Babilonia. Palacio, Calvi, Antonucci; Rizzi, conductor. Bongiovanni

Awards[edit]

  • Premio Flaviano Labó (2010)
  • Premio Operaclick (2009)
  • Premio Città di Varese (2009)
  • Premio Myrta Gabardi (2009)
  • Pentagramma d'Oro Comune di Marnate (2009)
  • Premio Abbiati (2008)
  • Regina della Lirica dalla Associazione Tiberini a San Lorenzo in Campo (2007)
  • Premio Le Muse (2007)
  • Premio Zenatello Arena di Verona
  • Premio Giordano Comune di Baveno
  • Premio Giacomo Puccini Torre del Lago
  • Premio Cilea di Reggio Calabria
  • Gigli d’Oro Comune di Recanati
  • Premio Liguria Comune di Genova
  • Premio E. Mazzoleni Palermo
  • Mascagni d’Oro Bagnara di Romagna
  • Premio Giuditta Pasta Saronno

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lutto nel mondo della lirica: addio al soprano Daniela Dessì". Il Tirreno (in Italian). 21 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  2. ^ A copy of the original theatre programme (where her surname is spelled 'Dessy', as was quite usual at the beginning of her career) was shown by Fabio Armiliato during the RAI broadcast of the "Second Daniela Dessì Gala" (recorded at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa on 30 June 2018). It is therefore incorrect to date her debut in 1979, as done for instance by Karl-Josef Kutsch and Leo Riemens in Großes Sängerlexikon, Munich, Saur, 2003, p. 1132.
  3. ^ Vittorio Emiliani, RAI: Al via Concorso Internazionale Maria Callas (5), "Adnkronos", 05.12.2000.
  4. ^ "Daniela Dessì, 59, Most Versatile Italian Soprano of her Generation, Has Died". Opera News. August 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "Be Kind, Rewind: Daniela Dessì Gives First Encore Since 1956 At Maggio Musicale Fiorentino". Opera Chic. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  6. ^ Mengíbar, Andrés Moreno (March 22, 2009). "Pasión y teatralidad en la voz". www.diariodesevilla.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  7. ^ "Archivio Corriere della Sera". archiviostorico.corriere.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  8. ^ Italian soprano Daniela Dessi dies suddenly; (in Italian) ANSA: Morta la soprano Daniela Dessì.
  9. ^ Archive Teatro alla Scala.

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