Anna Moffo

Profile:
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 Anna Moffo - La Traviata Highlights album art 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
3560 B/L Anna Moffo - La Boheme album art 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
VICS-6100 Anna Moffo - Madame Butterfly album art Puccini* - Moffo* - Valletti* - Cesari* - Elias* / Leinsdorf* Puccini* - Moffo* - Valletti* - Cesari* - Elias* / Leinsdorf* - Madame Butterfly(3xLP + Box) RCA Victrola VICS-6100 Germany 1958 Sell This Version
LSC-6135 Anna Moffo - Madama Butterfly album art 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
HRE 282-2 Anna Moffo - Falstaff album art 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
ANG. 35716 Anna Moffo - Anna Moffo Sings Mozart Arias album art 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
FBLP 25.138 Anna Moffo - Il Filosofo Di Campagna/Il Maestro Di Cappella album art 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
SBO 2754 Anna Moffo -  Mozart Arias Vol. 2 album art Anna Moffo Mozart Arias Vol. 2(10", Album) Columbia SBO 2754 UK 1959 Sell This Version
LSC-2504 Anna Moffo - Arias From Faust / La Bohème / Dinorah / Carmen / Semiramide / Turandot / Lakmé album art Anna Moffo Arias From Faust / La Bohème / Dinorah / Carmen / Semiramide / Turandot / Lakmé (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2504 US 1961 Sell This Version
ACC 150038 Anna Moffo - Turandot album art Giacomo Puccini, Birgit Nilsson, Alessio De Paolis, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Franco Corelli, Anna Moffo, Frank Guarrera, Robert Nagy (2), Charles Anthony (3), The Metropolitan Opera Giacomo Puccini, Birgit Nilsson, Alessio De Paolis, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Franco Corelli, Anna Moffo, Frank Guarrera, Robert Nagy (2), Charles Anthony (3), The Metropolitan Opera - Turandot Historical Recording Enterprises ACC 150038 France 1961 Sell This Version
SREG 2064 Anna Moffo - Coloratura Arias album art Anna Moffo / Philharmonia Orchestra / Colin Davis* Anna Moffo / Philharmonia Orchestra / Colin Davis* - Coloratura Arias (Album) Angel Records SREG 2064 New Zealand 1961 Sell This Version
3608 D/L Anna Moffo - The Marriage Of Figaro album art 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
SER-4532-4, SER.4533, LSC 6154 Anna Moffo - La Traviata album art 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
RDS-40 Anna Moffo - Reader's Digest Treasury Of Great Operettas album art Anna Moffo Reader's Digest Treasury Of Great Operettas Reader's Digest RDS-40 Australia 1962 Sell This Version
LM-6095 Anna Moffo - La Bohème album art 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
LSP-6095 Anna Moffo - uccini - La Bohème album art 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 - uccini - La Bohème(Box + 2xLP, Album, Liv) RCA Victor Red Seal LSP-6095 US 1962 Sell This Version
LM-2650 Anna Moffo - La Serva Padrona album art Pergolesi*, Anna Moffo, Orchestra Filarmonica Di Roma, Franco Ferrara Pergolesi*, Anna Moffo, Orchestra Filarmonica Di Roma, Franco Ferrara - La Serva Padrona RCA Victor Red Seal LM-2650 US 1963 Sell This Version
LM 2655 Anna Moffo - Puccini: Brani Scelti Da La Bohème  album art Giacomo Puccini, Richard Tucker (2), Anna Moffo, Robert Merrill, Giorgio Tozzi, Orchestra Del Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma, Erich Leinsdorf Giacomo Puccini, Richard Tucker (2), Anna Moffo, Robert Merrill, Giorgio Tozzi, Orchestra Del Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma, Erich Leinsdorf - Puccini: Brani Scelti Da La Bohème (Album) RCA Red Seal LM 2655 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
RB.6535 Anna Moffo - La Serva Padrona (The Servant As Mistress) Complete album art G.B. Pergolesi*, Anna Moffo, Paolo Montarsolo, Orchestra Filarmonica Di Roma, Franco Ferrara G.B. Pergolesi*, Anna Moffo, Paolo Montarsolo, Orchestra Filarmonica Di Roma, Franco Ferrara - La Serva Padrona (The Servant As Mistress) Complete (Album) RCA Victor RB.6535 UK 1963 Sell This Version
LSC-2675 Anna Moffo - The Dream Duet album art Anna Moffo / Sergio Franchi Anna Moffo / Sergio Franchi - The Dream Duet (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2675 US 1963 Sell This Version
LM 1-6135, LM-6135 Anna Moffo - Brani Scelti Da Madama Butterfly album art 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, LM-6135 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
645 025, 645.025 Anna Moffo - Manon - Pagine Scelte album art 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
LM-7028, SP-33-237 Anna Moffo - A Portrait Of Manon album art Massenet* / Puccini* - Anna Moffo Massenet* / Puccini* - Anna Moffo - A Portrait Of Manon (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal, RCA Victor Red Seal LM-7028, SP-33-237 US 1964 Sell This Version
AGL3-4145 Anna Moffo - Madama Butterfly - Opera Completa album art 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
LSC-2728 Anna Moffo - The Great Moments From Die Fledermaus (In English) album art 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 Red Seal LSC-2728 US 1964 Sell This Version