Anna Moffo – Singers of the Century: Verdi & Mozart Recital (2022)
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Anna Moffo war eine US-amerikanische Opernsängerin (lyrischer Sopran) und Schauspielerin.
Anna Moffo was the daughter of the Italian-American shoemaker Nicolas Moffo and his wife Regina (Cinti). In addition, she also performed as a singer in song recitals, at weddings, funerals and in choirs. According to Moffo, her parents wanted her to become a Catholic nun after graduating from school. Instead, she won a free place for a four-year apprenticeship at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia after singing the only opera aria she knew: “Un bel di vedremo” from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. She first studied literary history and music there and came to Italy in 1953 to complete this education. There she studied at the University of Perugia.in 1954 she took part in a singing competition of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which she won. Her prize was a Fulbright scholarship, with which she went to Rome to the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to study the Italian language and singing. During this time, she was a member of the Italian women’s national hockey team.
Anna Moffo (right) in Rome in 1954
in 1955 she made her operatic debut as Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in Spoleto. Her breakthrough came the next year, when she gave the lead role in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for a television broadcast, directed by Mario Lanfranchi. At the same time, Lanfranchi was also a producer for the record company RCA Victor and for the Italian television RAI. In the same year she also made her first recordings with RAI (Madama Butterfly, La sonnambula, La figlia del reggimento and Falstaff). He and Moffo married in 1957. However, she later complained in an interview that he had used her in an average of twelve new roles in each of the first four years of her career.
in 1957 she made her debut at La Scala in Milan, on August 10, 1957 at the Salzburg Festival and on September 15, 1957 at the Vienna State Opera as Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff under the direction of Herbert von Karajan. At the Staatsoper she appeared as Gilda in Rigoletto, in the title role of Jules Massenet’s Manon, as Marguerite in Charles Gounod’s Faust, as Micaela in Georges Bizet’s Carmen, as Mimì in Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème and as Violetta in La traviata.
Moffo made her US debut in La Bohème at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1957. On November 14, 1959, she made her first engagement at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Violetta in La Traviata, which would become one of her most important roles. She remained loyal to the Met for almost two decades, appearing in 21 roles there, including Lucia, Gilda, Adina, Mimì, Liù, Marguerite, Nedda, Pamina, Juliette, Manon, Mélisande and the four women in Hoffmann’s stories. Due to overexertion of the voice, she had a vocal crisis in the mid-seventies, but in 1976 she was able to resume her career. This year she also had her last regular appearance at the Metropolitan Opera. She last sang there in 1983 at a gala.
Of particular note is her role as Violetta Valéry in La Traviata, about which Michael Parouty summed up: “For a while it was a good tone to look at an Anna Moffo with condescension: star figure and cinema career, sensual, glamorous singing and a theatricality that betrayed her closeness to Hollywood. But undeniably she is a clever and intelligent actress of Violetta, her sneaky charm is not without charm, and her voice has something truly radiant.“
in 1964 and 1967 she had her own TV show in Italy, the “Anna Moffo Show”. She appeared in several feature films as well as in opera and operetta adaptations: La Traviata (1968), Lucia di Lammermoor (1971), Die Csárdásfürstin, Die schöne Galathée.
She was divorced from Lanfranchi in 1972 and married former RCA president and head of the NBC television channel Robert Sarnoff in 1974, who died in 1997.
Tombstone of Anna Moffo Sarnoff in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, NY
Anna Moffo most recently lived in Manhattan. She died of a stroke, according to her stepdaughter Rosita Sarnoff.
1-1. Anna Moffo – Merce, dilette amiche (02:13)
1-2. Anna Moffo – Ernani! Ernani, involami (06:26)
1-3. Anna Moffo – Batti, batti o bel Masetto (03:41)
1-4. Anna Moffo – Vedrai carino (03:23)
1-5. Anna Moffo – O patria mia (06:31)
1-6. Anna Moffo – Morro, ma prima in grazia (04:29)
1-7. Anna Moffo – Voi che sapete (02:44)
1-8. Anna Moffo – Non so piú (02:34)
1-9. Anna Moffo – Deh vieni non tardar (04:23)
1-10. Anna Moffo – Salace, Salce (10:05)
1-11. Anna Moffo – Ave Maria (04:55)
1-12. Anna Moffo – Un uomini (02:33)
1-13. Anna Moffo – Una donna a quindici anni (03:18)
1-14. Anna Moffo – Come in quest’ ora bruna (04:34)
1-15. Anna Moffo – D’amor sull’ali rosee (05:26)
1-16. Anna Moffo – Ach, ich liebte, war so glücklich (05:07)
1-17. Anna Moffo – O ben s’addice questo torbido cielo (04:16)