Saturday, May 10, 2008

Leyla Gencer (1928-2008)

I'm sad to announce the death of the legendary soprano, Leyla Gencer, aka "La Regina." She died in Milan at the age of 79. So many opera fans adored her. She was known as "The Queen of the Pirates" because she never made commercial recordings of operas. She was also known as "La Diva Turca" and, well, you can guess why.
She was most known for her extreme emotional involvement in the opera. (Do yourself a favor and see her "Figlia impura di Bolena")The way she threw herself into a role was incredible. Her diverse repertory, from Gilda to Leonora, made her one of the greatest sopranos of her day. Perhaps any day.

La Scala has a small tribute. La Cieca, Philly Opera Fanatic, and Opera Chic both have tributes to the great diva.

RIP. Leyla Gencer. Addio.

1 comment:

Crazy Daisy said...

Its so sad whn someone dies....:'(