Renata Scotto

Renata Scotto (24 February 1934 – 16 August 2023) was an Italian soprano, opera director, and voice teacher. Recognised for her sense of style, her musicality, and as a remarkable singer-actress, Scotto is considered to have been one of the preeminent opera singers of her generation.

For more than 40 years, she performed in some 45 roles, first in Italy, then as a leading soprano of the Metropolitan Opera (Met). She is remembered especially for the title roles of Verdi’s La traviata, performed for her stage debut in Milan in 1952, and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, which was her first role at the Met and her last there in 1987, but also for belcanto works such as Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. She appeared in the first telecast from the Met in 1977, as Mimi in Puccini’s La bohème, alongside Luciano Pavarotti and conducted by James Levine. She later expanded her repertoire by roles such as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, Elle in Poulenc’s La voix humaine, and Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium. As opera director she worked for the Met, the Arena di Verona, and other leading opera houses.

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