Anna Moffo

Anna Moffo

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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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Anna Moffo Discography

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LM-9890-C Verdi* / Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Rome Opera House Chorus* Conducted By Fernando Previtali, Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker (2), Robert Merrill Verdi* / Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Rome Opera House Chorus* Conducted By Fernando Previtali, Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker (2), Robert Merrill - La Traviata Highlights RCA Victor LM-9890-C Germany 1956 Sell This Version
3560 B/L Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe di Stefano, Maria Callas, Anna Moffo, Rolando Panerai, Antonino Votto, Coro* E Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe di Stefano, Maria Callas, Anna Moffo, Rolando Panerai, Antonino Votto, Coro* E Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala - La Boheme (Album) Angel Records 3560 B/L USA & Canada 1957 Sell This Version
LSC-6135 Puccini* - Moffo*, Elias*, Valletti*, Cesari*, Leinsdorf*, Orchestra* E Coro Del Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma Puccini* - Moffo*, Elias*, Valletti*, Cesari*, Leinsdorf*, Orchestra* E Coro Del Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma - Madama Butterfly RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-6135 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
ALP 1661/2 Baldassare Galuppi, Domenico Cimarosa, Anna Moffo, Renato Fasano, Sesto Bruscantini Baldassare Galuppi, Domenico Cimarosa, Anna Moffo, Renato Fasano, Sesto Bruscantini - Il Filosofo Di Campagna/Il Maestro Di Cappella(2xLP) His Master's Voice ALP 1661/2 UK 1959 Sell This Version
LSC-2504 Anna Moffo Arias From Faust / La Bohème / Dinorah / Carmen / Semiramide / Turandot / Lakmé (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2504 US 1961 Sell This Version
3608 D/L Mozart* - Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra And Chorus*, Eberhard Wächter, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Fiorenza Cossotto, Giuseppe Taddei, Anna Moffo, Dora Gatta, Ivo Vinco, Renato Ercolani, Piero Cappuccilli, Elisabetta Fusco, Gillian Spencer, Diana Gillingham Mozart* - Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra And Chorus*, Eberhard Wächter, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Fiorenza Cossotto, Giuseppe Taddei, Anna Moffo, Dora Gatta, Ivo Vinco, Renato Ercolani, Piero Cappuccilli, Elisabetta Fusco, Gillian Spencer, Diana Gillingham - The Marriage Of Figaro Angel Records 3608 D/L US 1961 Sell This Version
LSC 6154 Verdi* / Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Rome Opera House Chorus* Conducted By Fernando Previtali, Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker (2), Robert Merrill Verdi* / Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Rome Opera House Chorus* Conducted By Fernando Previtali, Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker (2), Robert Merrill - La Traviata (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC 6154 US 1961 Sell This Version
LSC-2504 Anna Moffo Arias From Faust / La Bohème / Dinorah / Carmen / Semiramide / Turandot / Lakmé(LP) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2504 Canada 1961 Sell This Version
LM 1-6135 Puccini* - Moffo*, Elias*, Valletti*, Cesari*, Leinsdorf*, Orchestra* E Coro Del Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma Puccini* - Moffo*, Elias*, Valletti*, Cesari*, Leinsdorf*, Orchestra* E Coro Del Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma - Brani Scelti Da Madama Butterfly (Comp) RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1-6135 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
LSC-2675 Anna Moffo / Sergio Franchi Anna Moffo / Sergio Franchi - The Dream Duet (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2675 US 1963 Sell This Version
TE 522 Anna Moffo Coloratura Arias (Album) Angel Records TE 522 Australia 1963 Sell This Version
LSC-7027 Verdi* - Anna Moffo, Robert Merrill, Alfredo Kraus, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Georg Solti Verdi* - Anna Moffo, Robert Merrill, Alfredo Kraus, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Georg Solti - Rigoletto (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-7027 US 1964 Sell This Version
LSC-7028, SPS-33-237 Massenet* / Puccini* - Anna Moffo Massenet* / Puccini* - Anna Moffo - A Portrait Of Manon(2xLP + Box + 7") RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-7028, SPS-33-237 US 1964 Sell This Version
RE 5512 / 5513, LM-7028 Massenet* / Puccini* - Anna Moffo Massenet* / Puccini* - Anna Moffo - A Portrait Of Manon(2xLP, Mono + Box) RCA, RCA Victor Red Seal RE 5512 / 5513, LM-7028 UK 1964 Sell This Version
LSC-2837 Giuseppe Verdi, Robert Merrill, Anna Moffo, Alfredo Kraus, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Georg Solti, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra And Chorus Giuseppe Verdi, Robert Merrill, Anna Moffo, Alfredo Kraus, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Georg Solti, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra And Chorus - Verdi - Rigoletto (Highlights)(LP) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2837 US 1965 Sell This Version
LSC 2795 Anna Moffo / Leopold Stokowski, American Symphony Orchestra* : Canteloube* / Villa-Lobos* / Rachmaninoff* Anna Moffo / Leopold Stokowski, American Symphony Orchestra* : Canteloube* / Villa-Lobos* / Rachmaninoff* - Songs Of The Auvergne / Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 / Vocalise RCA Red Seal LSC 2795 Spain 1965 Sell This Version
SER-5534-5-6 Verdi*, Moffo*, Bergonzi*, Verrett*, MacNeil*, Tozzi*, Flagello*, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra And Chorus*, Fausto Cleva Verdi*, Moffo*, Bergonzi*, Verrett*, MacNeil*, Tozzi*, Flagello*, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra And Chorus*, Fausto Cleva - Luisa Miller(3xLP + Box) RCA Victor Red Seal SER-5534-5-6 UK 1965 Sell This Version
LM 2837 D Verdi* - Anna Moffo, Robert Merrill, Alfredo Kraus, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Georg Solti, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra Verdi* - Anna Moffo, Robert Merrill, Alfredo Kraus, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Georg Solti, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra - Rigoletto(LP, Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM 2837 D Spain 1966 Sell This Version
CH-4026-3 / CH-4026-4 Puccini*, Anna MoffoDaniele BarioniMario SereniGraziella SciuttiPiero De PalmaRCA Italiana Opera Orchestra And Chorus*, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli Puccini*, Anna MoffoDaniele BarioniMario SereniGraziella SciuttiPiero De PalmaRCA Italiana Opera Orchestra And Chorus*, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli - La Rondine - Die Schwalbe (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal CH-4026-3 / CH-4026-4 Taiwan 1968 Sell This Version
VL 32511 Pergolesi* - Anna Moffo, Paolo Montarsolo, Franco Ferrara, Orchestra Filarmonica Di Roma Pergolesi* - Anna Moffo, Paolo Montarsolo, Franco Ferrara, Orchestra Filarmonica Di Roma - La Serva Padrona(LP, Album) RCA Victrola VL 32511 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
3C 063-01018 Puccini*, Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Anna Moffo, Nicola Zaccaria, Rolando Panerai, Carlo Badioli, Coro* E Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Antonio Votto* Puccini*, Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Anna Moffo, Nicola Zaccaria, Rolando Panerai, Carlo Badioli, Coro* E Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Antonio Votto* - La Boheme Selezione Dall'Opera (Album) La Voce Del Padrone 3C 063-01018 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
62 141 Christoph Willibald Gluck - Anna Moffo, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Trudeliese Schmidt, Ludovic Spiess - Thomas Stewart (2), Arleen Auger, Bernd Weikl, Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Kurt Eichhorn Christoph Willibald Gluck - Anna Moffo, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Trudeliese Schmidt, Ludovic Spiess - Thomas Stewart (2), Arleen Auger, Bernd Weikl, Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Kurt Eichhorn - Iphigenie In Aulis Eurodisc 62 141 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
WGS-8180 Anna Moffo Sings Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini & Verdi(LP, Album) ABC Westminster Gold WGS-8180 US 1972 Sell This Version
ARL1-0447 Halévy* - Arroyo*, Moffo*, Tucker*, Giaiotti*, Antonio De Almeida Halévy* - Arroyo*, Moffo*, Tucker*, Giaiotti*, Antonio De Almeida - Highlights From Halevy's La Juive(LP) RCA Red Seal ARL1-0447 US 1974 Sell This Version
ARD!-0844 Anna Moffo Heroines From The Great French Operas RCA ARD!-0844 US 1975 Sell This Version

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