Rosanna Carteri

Rosanna Carteri

Rosanna Carteri (born December 14 1930) was an Italian soprano primarily active in the 1950s through the mid-1960s.

Rosanna Carteri was born in Verona and studied with Cusinati and started singing in concert at the age of twelve. She won a RAI singing contest in 1948 which led to her operatic debut at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome as Elsa in "Lohengrin" in 1949, aged only 19. She made her La Scala debut in 1951. Other debuts were at the Salzburg Festival as Desdemona in "Otello" in 1952 under the direction of Wilhelm Furtwangler, San Francisco as Mimi in "La Bohème" in 1954, the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Marguerite in "Faust" in 1955, the Arena di Verona as Mimi in 1958, Covent Garden as "Tosca" in 1960, Opéra de Paris in 1961 as Violetta in "La Traviata".

Carteri made a few recordings for Cetra early in her career, such as Matilde in "Guglielmo Tell", opposite Giuseppe Taddei, "La Bohème" with Ferruccio Tagliavini and "Suor Angelica". She also recorded "La Traviata" for RCA Victor with Cesare Valletti and Leonard Warren under the direction of Pierre Monteux. She participated in several television productions for RAI such as "Le nozze di Figaro", "La Traviata", "Otello" and "Falstaff".

Carteri also participated in the creation of some comtemporary workssuch as "Ifegenia" by Ildebrando Pizzetti in 1950, "Proserpine e le straniero" by Juan Jose Castro in 1952, "Calzare d'argento" again by Pizzetti in 1961 and "Il mercante di Venizia" by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco also in 1961.

Rosanna Carteri decided to retire from singing in the mid-1960s whilestill only in her thirties to devote herself to her family.


* Alain Pâris, "Dictionnaire des interprètes et de l'interpretation musicale au XX siècle" (2 vols), Ed. Robert Laffont (Bouquins, Paris 1982, 4th Edn. 1995, 5th Edn 2004). ISBN 2-221-06660-X
* Roland Mancini and Jean-Jacques Rouveroux, (orig. H. Rosenthal and J. Warrack, French edition), "Guide de l’opéra", Les indispensables de la musique (Fayard, 1995). ISBN 2-213-01563-6

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