A report on 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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Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center

Metropolitan Opera

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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.

Vienna State Opera

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Opera house and opera company based in Vienna, Austria.

Opera house and opera company based in Vienna, Austria.

Construction site of the new building, 1863
Play bill for the opening performance of the new Opernhaus, announcing the opening performance of Don Giovanni on 25 May 1869
Coeval watercolour painting of the opening performance (Kunsthistorisches Museum)
The Hofoper, c. 1898
Play bill of the last performance in the old building: Götterdämmerung, 30 June 1944
Gustav Mahler was artistic director of the Hofoper from 1897 to 1907
Herbert von Karajan, artistic director of the Vienna State Opera from 1957 to 1964
View from the Ring, on the roof the tent for children's performances (demounted in 2015 and now replaced by a special theatre)
View of the orchestra pit and safety curtain The curtain Play as Cast was designed by Tacita Dean, and installed during the season 2004–2005.
Debutants entry at the Vienna Opera Ball
Rear of the opera house, showing the stage wings
A marble staircase between the main entrance and the first floor
One of the lobbies
Emperor's private room.
The auditorium
Central chandelier in the auditorium
Exterior of the building

Anna Moffo

Interior of the Opernhaus Zürich, where NelloSanti worked for six decades

Nello Santi

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Italian conductor.

Italian conductor.

Interior of the Opernhaus Zürich, where NelloSanti worked for six decades

He made sound and video recordings of Italian operas, including in 1971 Leoncavallo's Pagliacci with Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé and Sherrill Milnes, in 1976 Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re with Anna Moffo, Domingo and Pablo Elvira, in 2000 Verdi's I due Foscari, and in 2006 Donizetti's Don Pasquale in a Zürich production.

Siepi in 1951

Cesare Siepi

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Italian opera singer, generally considered to have been one of the finest basses of the post-war period.

Italian opera singer, generally considered to have been one of the finest basses of the post-war period.

Siepi in 1951

Siepi's last studio recording was as the old King Archibaldo in RCA's 1976 taping of Italo Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re, with Anna Moffo and Plácido Domingo in the cast.

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

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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

Luigi Ricci (vocal coach)

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Italian assistant conductor, accompanist, vocal coach, and author.

Italian assistant conductor, accompanist, vocal coach, and author.

Ricci was also active as a vocal coach at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where he taught (amongst many others) Sesto Bruscantini, Richard Miller, Anna Moffo, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Joanna Bruno, Peter Lindroos, and Martti Wallén.

Radnor High School

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Public high school in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

Public high school in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

Anna Moffo '50 was a prominent soprano opera singer.

Beverley Peck Johnson

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American voice teacher, soprano, and pianist who taught on the faculties of several institutions, including Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.

American voice teacher, soprano, and pianist who taught on the faculties of several institutions, including Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.

Her pupils included several prominent opera singers, actors, and entertainers, including sopranos Renée Fleming, Renata Tebaldi, Anna Moffo, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, and actors Madeline Kahn, Kevin Kline, Constance Towers, and Juilliard voice professor Cynthia Hoffmann among others.

Set design for act 1 in the 1913 premiere

L'amore dei tre re

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Opera in three acts by Italo Montemezzi.

Opera in three acts by Italo Montemezzi.

Set design for act 1 in the 1913 premiere
Lucrezia Bori in L'amore dei tre re

1977 – Anna Moffo, Plácido Domingo, Pablo Elvira, Cesare Siepi, Ryland Davies, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Nello Santi – (RCA Red Seal, 1977)

Leopold Stokowski

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British conductor.

British conductor.

Leopold Stokowski historical marker at 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra at 2 March 1916 American premiere of Mahler's 8th Symphony
Screenshot from the 1947 film Carnegie Hall
Leopold Stokowski (1970)
Portrait of Stokowski in 1926
Stokowski's grave at East Finchley Cemetery.

In 1960, Stokowski made one of his infrequent appearances in the opera house, when he conducted Giacomo Puccini's Turandot at the New York Metropolitan, in memorable performances with a cast that included Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli and Anna Moffo.