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Remembering the Great Licia Albanese

Written By: Linda Ann Lo Schiavo, as it appeared on L’Idea Magazine (NY), August 27. 2014 My father introduced me to Licia Albanese. I was wearing a bib and enjoying strained bananas, while he was savoring the strains of the … Continue reading

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Opera fans around the world are grieving for the loss of famed soprano Licia Albanese, who died on August 15, 2014, at the age of 105, in her home in Manhattan.

Born Felicia Albanese in Torre a Mare near Bari, Italy, in 1909, she debuted in Milan in 1934, replacing another soprano in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. In forty years, she sang more than 300 performances of Cio-Cio-San, a role for which … Continue reading

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