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Gianna Galli

Soloist, Soprano
She was born on 29/4/1935 in Modena, Italy. She began her music studies at a young age. In 1952 she won an international singing contest in Spoleto and the same year she first appeared at the Municipal Theatre of Modena. Soon she started to sing at important lyric stages throughout the world, making an international career. She was distinguished as a lyric soprano, mostly in roles in Puccini operas such as: Mimi (La bohème), Minnie (La fanciulla del West) and Tosca (Tosca). In 1958 she made her first appearance in the USA as Mimi at the New York Opera. She was trusted by composers with roles in world premireres of their works such as: Catherine in the opera Uno sguardo dal ponte by Renzo Rosselini (1961, Rome Opera), False Angel in De Falla's oratorio Atlantis (1963, La Scala, Milan), Nicole in Il diavolo in giardino by Franco Mannino (1963, Teatro Massimo) and Slam in Atomtod by Giacomo Manzoni (1965, Scala, Milan). She also often sang operettas in Italian. In 1961 she took part in the cinematic version of the operetta Il paese dei campanelli by Lombardo and Ranzato. In the period 1950/70 she made several appearances on Italian television as well. In 1975 she stopped her active career because of health problems with her vocal chords and was involved in promoting singers. She passed away on 22/12/2010 in Monte Carlo (Monaco). At the Greek National Opera she appeared once, playing the heroine of the same name in the opera Manon Lescaut (1968/69). // Last update of the biography: December 2021 - The list of the productions below is complete.