Anna Moffo

Moffo in 1962
Anna Moffo (right) with Janet Cox-Rearick Waldman (left) at a cafe in Rome in 1954, when both were Fulbright Fellows in Italy
Grave of Anna Moffo Sarnoff in Kensico Cemetery
Anna Moffo in 1962

American opera singer, television personality, and actress.

- Anna Moffo
Moffo in 1962

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Exterior of the Civic Opera Building, which contains within it theaters and related space for the opera, as well as an office building

Lyric Opera of Chicago

One of the leading opera companies in the United States.

One of the leading opera companies in the United States.

Exterior of the Civic Opera Building, which contains within it theaters and related space for the opera, as well as an office building
The Ardis Krainik Theatre

Anna Moffo also chose the Lyric for her American debut.

Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

One of the oldest musical institutions in the world, founded by the papal bull Ratione congruit, issued by Sixtus V in 1585, which invoked two saints prominent in Western musical history: Gregory the Great, for whom the Gregorian chant is named, and Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

One of the oldest musical institutions in the world, founded by the papal bull Ratione congruit, issued by Sixtus V in 1585, which invoked two saints prominent in Western musical history: Gregory the Great, for whom the Gregorian chant is named, and Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

Musicians of the Academy posing before the concert they gave at the Palazzo Doria Pamphili, Rome. Giuseppe Branzoli, seated in the foreground, holds a mandolone

Anna Moffo

Geraldine Farrar in the title role

Manon

Opéra comique in five acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on the 1731 novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost.

Opéra comique in five acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on the 1731 novel L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost.

Geraldine Farrar in the title role
"Gathering around a score" by Charles Baude (1853–1935) shows Massenet rehearsing Manon with Sibyl Sanderson in Pierre Loti's drawing room. It was used as the cover of Le Théâtre in July 1889.
Dmitri Smirnov as Le Chevalier des Grieux (1909, by Aleksandr Golovin)
American soprano Sibyl Sanderson as Manon in 1888

The first Manon was Marie Heilbron; other noted interpreters include Sibyl Sanderson (Massenet's personal favorite), Fanny Heldy, Lucrezia Bori, Amelita Galli-Curci, Bidu Sayão, Victoria de los Ángeles, Anna Moffo, Beverly Sills, Edita Gruberová, Renée Fleming, Anna Netrebko, and Natalie Dessay.

Wayne, Pennsylvania

Unincorporated community centered in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, on the Main Line, a series of highly affluent Philadelphia suburbs located along the railroad tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad and one of the wealthiest areas in the nation.

Unincorporated community centered in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, on the Main Line, a series of highly affluent Philadelphia suburbs located along the railroad tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad and one of the wealthiest areas in the nation.

Keystone Marker for Wayne
"Louella" home of J. Henry Askin, founder of Wayne
House in the North Wayne Historic District
Conestoga High School
House in the South Wayne Historic District
Anthony Wayne Theatre
Wayne Art Center

Anna Moffo, opera singer

Violetta's costume, premiere 1853

La traviata

Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave.

Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave.

Violetta's costume, premiere 1853
Verdi around 1850
Francesco Maria Piave, librettist of the opera
Poster for the world premiere
Fanny Salvini-Donatelli, the first Violetta
Scene 1: Party (attrib. Carl d'Unker)
Act 2, scene 2 from Fife Opera's 2004 production
Cover of a circa 1855 vocal score with an engraving by Leopoldo Ratti

A 1967 film version by Mario Lanfranchi features Anna Moffo as Violetta, Franco Bonisolli as Alfredo, Gino Bechi as Giorgio Germont, and the chorus and orchestra of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, conducted by Giuseppe Patanè.

Radnor High School

Public high school in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

Public high school in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

Anna Moffo '50 was a prominent soprano opera singer.

Looking southeast from Rittenhouse Square toward the Curtis Institute's main building at the corner of Locust Street (on the left) and South 18th Street (on the right) (2006)

Curtis Institute of Music

Private conservatory in Philadelphia.

Private conservatory in Philadelphia.

Looking southeast from Rittenhouse Square toward the Curtis Institute's main building at the corner of Locust Street (on the left) and South 18th Street (on the right) (2006)
Gould Rehearsal Hall
Field Concert Hall

Anna Moffo, soprano

Scenes from the Paris premiere

The Tales of Hoffmann

Opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach.

Opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach.

Scenes from the Paris premiere
The death of Antonia (act 2) in the original 1881 production. In front: Adèle Isaac; in back (left to right): Hippolyte Belhomme, Marguerite Ugalde, Pierre Grivot, Émile-Alexandre Taskin, Jean-Alexandre Talazac.
Costume design for Hoffmann in act 1, 1903
Prologue (or epilogue), in the 1881 première
The Olympia act, as staged at the 1881 première
Antonia and Dr. Miracle, 1881
Giuletta act, 1881
The original E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776–1822)

Offenbach intended the four soprano roles be played by the same singer, for Olympia, Giulietta, and Antonia are three facets of Stella, Hoffmann's unreachable love. Similarly, the four villains (Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, and Dapertutto) would be performed by the same bass-baritone, because they are all manifestations of evil. While the doubling of the four villains is quite common, most performances of the work use different singers for the loves of Hoffmann because different skills are needed for each role: Olympia requires a skilled-coloratura singer with stratospheric-high notes, Antonia is written for a lyrical voice, and Giulietta is usually performed by a dramatic soprano or a mezzo-soprano. Any performance with all three roles (four if the role of Stella is counted) performed by a single soprano in a performance is considered one of the largest challenges in the lyric coloratura repertoire. Notable sopranos performing all three roles include Karan Armstrong, Vina Bovy, Patrizia Ciofi, Edita Gruberová, Fanny Heldy, Catherine Malfitano, Anja Silja, Beverly Sills, Sonya Yoncheva, Luciana Serra, Ruth Ann Swenson, Carol Vaness, Faith Esham, Ninon Vallin and Virginia Zeani. All four roles were performed by Josephine Barstow, Sumi Jo, Mireille Delunsch, Diana Damrau, Julia Migenes, Elizabeth Futral, Marlis Petersen, Anna Moffo, Georgia Jarman, Elena Moșuc, Joan Sutherland, Melitta Muszely, Olga Peretyatko, Patricia Petibon, Pretty Yende, Jessica Pratt and Nicole Chevalier.

Sergio Franchi in 1970

Sergio Franchi

Italian-American tenor and actor who enjoyed success in the United States and internationally after gaining notice in Britain in the early 1960s.

Italian-American tenor and actor who enjoyed success in the United States and internationally after gaining notice in Britain in the early 1960s.

Sergio Franchi in 1970
Young Sergio Franci Galli in Italy
Ed Sullivan presents Sergio Franchi on The Ed Sullivan Show
Sergio Franchi & Nick Castle Dancers, Meredith Willson Special (1964)
Sergio Franchi & Elizabeth Allen in Do I Hear a Waltz?
Sergio Franchi sings 'I Should Care'
Sergio Franchi as Tufa in The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
Sergio Franchi with his Billboard at MGM Grand Hotel, 1974
Sergio Franchi in 1986
Sergio Franchi's restored 1955 Rolls Royce
Sergio Franchi sings in concert

While he was there he met Metropolitan Opera soprano Anna Moffo, with whom he was to collaborate on two RCA Victor albums that year.

Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center

Metropolitan Opera

American opera company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, currently situated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

American opera company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, currently situated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center
Giulio Gatti-Casazza
Gatti-Casazza's last week at the Met (March 22–29, 1935)
Artur Bodanzky at the Metropolitan Opera in 1915
Otto Hermann Kahn in Berlin, 1931
Metropolitan Opera House in 1905
The new Met Opera House
Staircase

Other celebrated singers who debuted at the Met during Bing's tenure include: Roberta Peters, Victoria de los Ángeles, Renata Tebaldi, Maria Callas, who had a bitter falling out with Bing over repertoire,, Birgit Nilsson, Joan Sutherland, Régine Crespin, Mirella Freni, Renata Scotto, Montserrat Caballé, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Anna Moffo, James McCracken, Carlo Bergonzi, Franco Corelli, Alfredo Kraus, Plácido Domingo, Nicolai Gedda, Luciano Pavarotti, Jon Vickers, Tito Gobbi, Sherrill Milnes, and Cesare Siepi.