Marcella Reale

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in California, U.S.A. in 1937. She studied at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara under the famous German soprano Lotte Lehmann and tenor Armand Tokatyan. She received a Fulbright Program scholarship, which enabled her to continue her studies at the Munich Academy of Music (Hochschule für Musik in München). She began her career in 1957-58 at the State Theater of Heidelberg. Thereafter she appeared at the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen (1958-59) and the Theater of Krefeld. 1961 marked the first time she sang in Italy, at the "Verdi" Theater in Trieste. Then she appeared in other theaters around Italy (Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples) as well as the New York City Opera. She also performed in San Francisco, Seattle, Tel Aviv and Athens. In 1988, she toured extensively around Australia. She stood out as an interpreter of works by Puccini: Tosca, The Girl of the West [La fanciulla del West] and Madama Butterfly. In addition, she was particularly active as a concert singer. Recordings of hers that have survived under the labels Cetra and HMV include arias by Puccini, Mascagni and Leoncavallo. She collaborated with the GNO only once, interpreting the role of Mimì in the production of La Bohème (1964-65).