Ernani
Role Debut: La Scala 1982
Met in The Parks (debut)
Met Debut: March, 1985     *
Simon     Boccanegra
Met Debut: 12/3/84 and Role Debut
Met Tour                                           * 

REPERTOIRE and History of Roles

 

 

This gorgeous opera of Verdi with its love of country and the feeling of Simon's love of the ocean permeates everything. For a young Verdi soprano it is a perfect fit. Long lines of really beautiful phrases, declamation and choral singing with long arching melody. I so loved having this my debut at the Met after a long lovely study with David Stivender and Rita Patane....with James Levine on the podium.....storybook....never forget.

At 24 to sing this towering piece at La Scala, sent to La Scala by Herbert Von Karajan, singing for and then being hired by Riccardo Muti and Leone Magiera. My Italian debut at this temple of music. Then after Simon's success at the Met it was the very first opera to sing.... "Ernani, Ernani involami!!!!"  indeed.

AIDA
Debut: 1980 Salt Lake City
European Debut: Karlsruhe, Germany 1982
Met Debut: 1985
Met Opening Night 1989   SONY/DG **
EMMY award winner

My nearest and dearest vocal soul was always Aida, singing over 100 times from the first debut  in Utah, at the Capitol Theater to the opening night of the Met Opera and all over the world, it was and is one of my favorite roles and I will be forever privileged to have had the honor to sing Verdi's great Ethiopian Princess. A Live Broadcast filmed for release through DG and recorded for Sony Classical. The TV Broadcast won an EMMY.

Don Carlo
Debut: 1986 Metropolitan Opera
European Debut: Teatro Comunale Bologna, Italy 1987

This great story of love and duty is a masterpiece. The great aria "Tu che la vanita'" I performed for the very first time on the opening night of Don Carlo at the Met. This remarkable portrait of a French Queen,very much a woman put where she does not want to be forever haunts me in his music and text. A very great privilege to have recorded her as well for Sony Classical with the Met. It always was comfortable and a lovely success.

Andrea Chenier
Debut: 1985 Santiago, Chile 
European Debut: Vienna Staatsoper
Met Debut: 1990, 1993, 1996 2006

One of the reasons I sing Opera was because off this opera growing up. I saw Mario Del Monaco in the cover and then heard he and Tebaldi sing the incredible music and the glorious text. I always loved its story of great love surviving the chaos of the French Revolution and the reaction of the audiencein exaltation to its superb melody and texts. It still leaves me enchanted. Debuted with Nicola Martinucci, great Italian tenor, would sing it with most of the great tenors of my time, including Ermano Mauro, Placido Domingo, and would be with Luciano Pavarotti when he made his debut in the role....a great honor.

Un Ballo in Maschera
Debut: 1991 Metropolitan Opera 
European Debut: Bologna, Italy 92
Met Debut: 91                    DG/Radio

Debuting this role in 1990 for the Met and then taking it everywhere with thrilling success. Bologna, Japan, Seville for Placido and Marta Domingo for the Expo in Seville, with Luciano for Paris debut of mine, São Paulo Brazil, and the Vienna Staatsoper. It was happily recorded and released on DG and broadcast on radio live via The Metropolitan Opera Texaco Radio Broadcasts.

Il Trovatore
Role Debut: Vienna Staatsoper 1988
Debut Met: 1988 Met Opera Tour Japan
Debut Met: 1988 with Luciano Pavarotti/Levine/Cossotto                                     *

Where my voice felt the most comfortable, with its dramatic accent and long lyrical lines capped with real bel canto needs. The plaintive "D'Amor" will forever be one of the greatest moments on stage for me. I could show them wrapped in Verdi's genius melody everything the voice and my soul wanted and could express.So very  happy this was one of the titles recorded for Sony Classical Verdi Series with Maestro James Levine and the  formidable Met Orchestra and Chorus.

Luisa Miller
Debut: Metropolitan Opera 1988
European Debut: Teatro dell'Opera di Roma 1988

One of my very favorite roles of Verdi, full of gorgeous melody, another opera I debuted at the Met Opera with Nello Santi, for the radio broadcasts, and for Mo. Levine in recording for Sony Classical. I had almost recorded with Phillips and Jose Carreras this opera but Sony caught news of that and offered me instead to do it as part of their series, and I was honored to have brought it back to the Teatro dell Opera under Professore Bruno Cagli who mounted it specifically for me.

Turandot
Debut: 1988 Metropolitan Opera  *

One of the greatest pleasures to debut this in the towering Zeffirelli debut of his glorious production, with so many great Turandots, Gwyneth Jones, Ghena Dimitrova and Eva Marton with Maestros James Levine and Nello Santi. That she would give her whole life and dedication to a man who captured her heart with the incandescense of his smile. In that smile she saw a soul worth living and dying for/ Puccini's masterpiece of power and fear being conquered the greatest power of all, Love.

Tosca
Debut: 1997 Liceu, Barcelona, Spain
Met Debut: 1998
La Scala :  1998

In this glowing heart of the Roman Diva I found a great pairing. Her constant existance and access to a spiritual world made her very easy to love, and I debuted with a magnificent tenor in Giacomo Aragall and baritone Juan Pons. One of the great Puccini roles. It was my return to La Scala, which meant the world to me and hearing that audience cheer told me they accepted me in the temple of art that is that blessed house.

La Fanciulla del West
Debut: 2004 OONY Carnegie Hall

One of the greatest successes of my career. I fell madly in love with her, and loved getting to share it in New York with the Opera Orchestra of New York and Eve Queler with The Gay Men's Health Chorus. Pictured here is the granddaughter of Giacomo Puccini, who would become a great friend in the true sense of that important word to me. It was her favorite Puccini heroine and it became mine too.

Otello
Debut: Met Opera 1986
Debut European: Vienna Staatsoper : 1988
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Mefistofele
Debut: 1991 Lyric Opera, Chicago
Met Debut: 1999

Margarita of Boito is a masterpiece and I was so thrilled to make my Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in it in 1991 under Maestro Bruno Bartoletti. Superb Sam Ramey and Kristian Johansson in Carsen's fabulous update of this opera with real wit and imagination. Went on to sing it everywhere, San Francisco, and the Metropolitan Opera. 

La Gioconda                  
Debut: OONY 2004
 
Met Debut: 2006
 
Il Lombardi
Giuseppe Verdi
DEBUT: 1986 OONY
Debut Met Opera New Production 1993 
Adriana Lecouvreur
Debut: OONY 2002
Il Pirata    by Bellini
 
DEBUT : 1990 OONY
European Debut: Bilbao 1993
La Forza del Destino
Debut: Munich 1992
Italian Debut: Teatro Regio di Torino 1994
Guglielmo Tell by G. Rossini
Debut: OONY 1984
La Wally    Catalani
Debut: OONY 1990
La Battaglia di Legnano
Debut : OONY Carnegie Hall, 1987
Le Villi/Turandot

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