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Anna Moffo
Anna Moffo
 
Anna Moffo was born on June 27, 1932 in Wayne, Pennsylvania. After having studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, she got a scholarship and went to Rome. In 1955, she had her debut in Spoleto, in 1956 she sang the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the festival in Aix-en-Provence. One year later, Herbert von Karajan engaged her for the Salzburg Festival. In 1959 she gave her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Violetta. There she starred in more than 25 roles. In addition, she has sung on all the great opera stages of the world. In the 1960s and 1970s she was one of the leading sopranos world-wide. In 1999, when she celebrated the 40th anniversary of her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City’s mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani declared March 2 Anna Moffo Day.
In May 1958, Anna Moffo made her first solo recording – a pure Mozart program, featuring the famous arias of Cherubino, Susanna, Despina, Konstanze, Zerlina and Pamina. She is accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Alceo Galliera.
Many more recordings and CD’s followed, among them Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, for which she was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque, and Verdi Heroines, which received the Orfee d’or. Besides heer own television show, The Anna Moffo Show, she appeared in many opera films, such as La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Belle Helene, Czardasfürstin and La Serva Padrona.
Since 1986 Anna Moffo had been the Honorary Artistic Director of Elysium. With great enthusiasm and energy she contributed her knowledge and talent to the trans-Atlantic cultural exchange promoted by Elysium. Especially dear to her heart was Elysium’s work of fostering the talent and development of young singers. 2001 she gave a master class in Bernried during one of Elysium’s International Summer Academies. This was her last trip to Europe. On March 9, 2006 she lost her brave, decade-long battle with cancer.
 

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