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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LM-9890-C La Traviata Highlights — Anna Moffo 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 (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-9890-C Germany 1956 Sell This Version
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3560 B/L La Boheme — Anna Moffo 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, Comp) Angel Records 3560 B/L USA & Canada 1957 Sell This Version
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LSC-6135 Madama Butterfly — Anna Moffo 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 (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-6135 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
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HRE 282-2 Falstaff — Anna Moffo Tito Gobbi, Renata Tebaldi, Giulietta Simionato, Cornell MacNeil, Anna Moffo, Alvino Misciano, Luigi Vellucci, Kenneth Smith (2), Anna Maria Canali, Mariano Caruso Tito Gobbi, Renata Tebaldi, Giulietta Simionato, Cornell MacNeil, Anna Moffo, Alvino Misciano, Luigi Vellucci, Kenneth Smith (2), Anna Maria Canali, Mariano Caruso - Falstaff(2xLP) Historical Recording Enterprises HRE 282-2 1958 Sell This Version
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ANG. 35716 Anna Moffo Sings Mozart Arias — Anna Moffo Anna Moffo / Mozart* / Philharmonia Orchestra / Alceo Galliera Anna Moffo / Mozart* / Philharmonia Orchestra / Alceo Galliera - Anna Moffo Sings Mozart Arias (Album) Angel Records ANG. 35716 UK 1959 Sell This Version
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FBLP 25.138 Il Filosofo Di Campagna/Il Maestro Di Cappella — Anna Moffo 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 His Master's Voice FBLP 25.138 France 1959 Sell This Version
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SBO 2754  Mozart Arias Vol. 2 — Anna Moffo Anna Moffo Mozart Arias Vol. 2(10", Album) Columbia SBO 2754 UK 1959 Sell This Version
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LSC-2504 Arias From Faust / La Bohème / Dinorah / Carmen / Semiramide / Turandot / Lakmé — Anna Moffo Anna Moffo Arias From Faust / La Bohème / Dinorah / Carmen / Semiramide / Turandot / Lakmé (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2504 US 1961 Sell This Version
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SREG 2064 Coloratura Arias — Anna Moffo Anna Moffo / Philharmonia Orchestra / Colin Davis* Anna Moffo / Philharmonia Orchestra / Colin Davis* - Coloratura Arias (Album) Angel Records, Angel Records SREG 2064 New Zealand 1961 Sell This Version
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3608 D/L The Marriage Of Figaro — Anna Moffo 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 (Album) Angel Records 3608 D/L US 1961 Sell This Version
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SER-4532-4, SER.4533, LSC 6154 La Traviata — Anna Moffo 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 SER-4532-4, SER.4533, LSC 6154 UK 1961 Sell This Version
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RDS-40 Reader's Digest Treasury Of Great Operettas — Anna Moffo Anna Moffo Reader's Digest Treasury Of Great Operettas (Comp) Reader's Digest RDS-40 Australia 1962 Sell This Version
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LM-6095 La Bohème — Anna Moffo Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker (2), Mary Costa, Robert Merrill, Giorgio Tozzi, Philip Maero, Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Chorus*, Erich Leinsdorf Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker (2), Mary Costa, Robert Merrill, Giorgio Tozzi, Philip Maero, Rome Opera House Orchestra* And Chorus*, Erich Leinsdorf - La Bohème (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-6095 US 1962 Sell This Version
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FTC-2156 Puccini: Brani Scelti Da La Bohème  — Anna Moffo Puccini*, Moffo*, Tucker*, Costa*, Merrill*, Tozzi*, Maero*, Leinsdorf* Puccini*, Moffo*, Tucker*, Costa*, Merrill*, Tozzi*, Maero*, Leinsdorf* - Puccini: Brani Scelti Da La Bohème (Album, Comp) RCA Victor Red Seal FTC-2156 US 1963 Sell This Version
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S. 35640, 35640 The Marriage Of Figaro (Highlights) — Anna Moffo Mozart*, Eberhard Wächter, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Fiorenza Cossotto, Giuseppe Taddei, Anna Moffo, Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini Mozart*, Eberhard Wächter, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Fiorenza Cossotto, Giuseppe Taddei, Anna Moffo, Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini - The Marriage Of Figaro (Highlights) (Album) Angel Records, Angel Records S. 35640, 35640 US 1963 Sell This Version
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LM-2650 La Serva Padrona — Anna Moffo Pergolesi*, Anna Moffo, Orchestra Filarmonica Di Roma, Franco Ferrara Pergolesi*, Anna Moffo, Orchestra Filarmonica Di Roma, Franco Ferrara - La Serva Padrona (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2650 US 1963 Sell This Version
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LSC-2675 The Dream Duet — Anna Moffo Anna Moffo / Sergio Franchi Anna Moffo / Sergio Franchi - The Dream Duet (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2675 US 1963 Sell This Version
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LM 1-6135 Brani Scelti Da Madama Butterfly — Anna Moffo 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, RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1-6135 Italy 1962 Sell This Version
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645 025, 645.025 Manon - Pagine Scelte — Anna Moffo Massenet* - Anna Moffo, Giuseppe di Stefano, Orchestre D'Opéra De La R.C.A. Italienne*, René Leibowitz Massenet* - Anna Moffo, Giuseppe di Stefano, Orchestre D'Opéra De La R.C.A. Italienne*, René Leibowitz - Manon - Pagine Scelte RCA Italiana, RCA Victor Red Seal 645 025, 645.025 France 1964 Sell This Version
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VIC 6100 Madama Butterfly — Anna Moffo Puccini* - Moffo* - Valletti* - Cesari* - Elias* / Leinsdorf* Puccini* - Moffo* - Valletti* - Cesari* - Elias* / Leinsdorf* - Madama Butterfly (Album) RCA Victrola VIC 6100 US 1964 Sell This Version
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LSC-7028, PRRS-4785 A Portrait Of Manon — Anna Moffo Massenet* / Puccini* - Anna Moffo Massenet* / Puccini* - Anna Moffo - A Portrait Of Manon (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-7028, PRRS-4785 US 1964 Sell This Version
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AGL3-4145 Madama Butterfly - Opera Completa — Anna Moffo Puccini* - Moffo* - Valetti* - Corena* - Elias* / Leinsdorf* Puccini* - Moffo* - Valetti* - Corena* - Elias* / Leinsdorf* - Madama Butterfly - Opera Completa RCA Victor Red Seal AGL3-4145 US 1964 Sell This Version
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LSC-2728 The Great Moments From Die Fledermaus (In English) — Anna Moffo Johann Strauss, Jr.*, Anna Moffo, Sergio Franchi, Risë Stevens, Jeanette Scovotti, Richard Lewis (3), George London (2), John Hauxvell, Oscar Danon*, Vienna State Opera Orchestra* And Chorus* Johann Strauss, Jr.*, Anna Moffo, Sergio Franchi, Risë Stevens, Jeanette Scovotti, Richard Lewis (3), George London (2), John Hauxvell, Oscar Danon*, Vienna State Opera Orchestra* And Chorus* - The Great Moments From Die Fledermaus (In English) (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2728 US 1964 Sell This Version
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SER 5516/7 Rigoletto — Anna Moffo 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 SER 5516/7 UK 1964 Sell This Version
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635.025, 635 025 Massenet* - Anna Moffo, Giuseppe di Stefano, Orchestre D'Opéra De La R.C.A. Italienne* , Direction : René Leibowitz Massenet* - Anna Moffo, Giuseppe di Stefano, Orchestre D'Opéra De La R.C.A. Italienne* , Direction : René Leibowitz - Manon (Extraits)(LP, Mono, RP) RCA Victor, RCA Victor 635.025, 635 025 France 1964 Sell This Version