Anna Moffo

Also known as A. Moffo, アンナ・モッフォ, La Moffo, Moffo

Discography of Anna Moffo:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 L' Arte Di Anna Moffo 11 Audio RCA
2 Ave Maria 2 Audio Eurodisc
3 Brani Scelti Da Madama Butterfly 17 Audio 1963-05-00 RCA Victor Red Seal
4 Die Schöne Helena (Querschnitt) 13 Audio 1983 AMIGA
5 La Boheme Highlights 8 Audio Angel Records
6 The Dream Duet 12 Audio 1963 RCA Victor Red Seal
7 True Love 10 Audio
8 Bist Du's, Lachendes Glück 10 Audio Eurodisc
9 The Phoenix Love Theme (Senza Fine) 2 Audio 1965 RCA Victor
10 Madama Butterfly 6 Audio 1958 RCA Victor Red Seal
11 Anna Moffo Sings Berlin 4 Audio 1960 RCA Italiana
12 La Bohème 30 Audio 1997 EMI Classics
13 La Traviata 4 Audio 1961 RCA Victor Red Seal
14 Madama Butterfly Highlights 17 Audio 1992 Symphony
15 La Rondine - Die Schwalbe 7 Audio RCA Victor Red Seal
16 Un Fiore E' Nato/In Fondo Ai Miei Occhi 2 Audio RCA Victor
17 A Romantic Evening Of Operetta 26 Audio 2001
18 Anna Moffo Sings Gershwin 4 Audio 1960 RCA Italiana
19 Anna Moffo 7 Audio RCA Victrola
20 Iphigenie In Aulis 4 Audio 1972 Eurodisc
21 Heroines From The Great French Operas 9 Audio 1975 RCA
22 La Boheme 5 Audio Angel Records
23 La Traviata 4 Audio 1956 RCA Red Seal
24 Madama Butterfly 6 Audio 1977 RCA Victrola
25 Arien Von Donizetti ⋅ Verdi ⋅ Puccini ⋅ Leoncavallo ⋅ Charpentier ⋅ Gounod 9 Audio Eurodisc
26 Hänsel Und Gretel 24 Audio Eurodisc
27 Verdi - Rigoletto (Highlights) 13 Audio 1965 RCA Victor Red Seal
28 Giuseppe Verdi, La Traviata 9 Audio RCA Victrola
29 The Dream Duet 12 Audio 1963 RCA Victor Red Seal
30 Songs Of The Auvergne / Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 / Vocalise 15 Audio RCA Victor Gold Seal
31 La Bohème 5 Audio His Master's Voice
32 Iphigenie In Aulis 4 Audio 1972 RCA Red Seal
33 Weltstars Präsentieren Das Schönste In Gold 24 Audio Ariola
34 Die Schöne Galathée 12 Audio 1989
35 Hänsel Und Gretel 21 Audio Eurodisc
36 La Rondine 7 Audio RCA Victor Red Seal
37 La Rondine 7 Audio RCA Victor Red Seal
38 La Boheme 5 Audio 1957 Angel Records
39 Puccini: Brani Scelti Da La Bohème 6 Audio 1977 RCA
40 Madama Butterfly 35 Audio 1988 RCA Victor
41 La Traviata 4 Audio 1961 RCA Victor Red Seal
42 Coloratura Arias 6 Audio Angel Records
43 Arias From Faust / La Bohème / Dinorah / Carmen / Semiramide / Turandot / Lakmé 8 Audio 1961 RCA Victor Red Seal
44 Eroine Verdiane 8 Audio RCA Victor
45 Celebri Arie 8 Audio 1977 Rca
46 Great Verdi Arias 8 Audio 1977 RCA Gold Seal
47 Robert Stolz Presenteert: Ein Abend In Wien 2 24 Audio Eurodisc
48 La Bohéme 5 Audio 1974 EMI-Odeon, S.A.
49 Highlights From Halevy's La Juive 13 Audio 1974 RCA Red Seal
50 Great Love Duets From Opera 7 Audio 1978 RCA Red Seal

The dark and smoldering American soprano Anna Moffo was born in Wayne Pennsylvania, on June 27, 1932, and, following graduation at Radnor High School, studied at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music and in Rome, Italy on a Fulbright scholarship at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia. At one time she was actually considering joining a nunnery but her love for music won out. Her successful combination of glamorous beauty and exciting singing style made her one of opera's most popular draws in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Moffo took her first professional bow in 1955 as Norine in Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" in Spoleto, and later that year scored highly as Cio-Cio-San in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" in an Italian TV production directed by Mario Lanfranchi, whom she married in 1957. Strenthening her reputation in Saltzburg and Vienna, Moffo made her U.S. debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1957 as Mimi in Puccini's "La Boheme." Her first time on the Metropolitan stage came with the role of Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata." Over the years her bel canto repertoire would include Micaela in "Carmen," Gilda in "Rigoletto" and Liu in "Turandot." Arguably, the zenith of her Met career coincided with her appearance in the title role of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" opposite Carlo Bergonzi's Edgardo in January of 1965. In the 1960s, Moffo also began appearing occasionally in Italian films, including feisty roles in the Napoleonic war epic Austerlitz (1960) with Rossano Brazzi; the comedy La serva padrona (1962), directed by husband Lanfranchi; Menage all'italiana (1965) [Menage, Italian Style] co-starring Ugo Tognazzi; and the comedy Il divorzio (1970) [The Divorce]. She also filmed her Violette in La traviata (1967) and Lucia di Lammermoor (1971), both directed by Lanfranchi.

The multiple Grammy-nominated Moffo's singing career was finished when just in her 40s. Taking on too much too soon (she in one year took on 12 new roles), her voice burnt out quickly. Her last regular performance at the Met was received poorly as Violetta in 1976, her voice having fallen into a serious state of disrepair. She did return briefly for a one-time duet with baritone Robert Merrill in the company's centennial gala. Her marriage to Lanfranchi ended in divorce in 1972, but her second marriage to NBC broadcast executive/RCA chairman Robert Sarnoff in 1974 proved more durable and lasted until his death in 1997. Her later years were dogged by illness. Battling breast cancer for almost a decade, Moffo died of a stroke at age 73 on March 10, 2006, in New York City. She had no children of her own but was survived by three stepchildren.

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