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 - 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 Germany 1956 Sell This Version
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 USA & Canada 1957 Sell This Version
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 Canada 1958 Sell This Version
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 France 1959 Sell This Version
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 UK 1959 Sell This Version
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 US 1961 Sell This Version
Anna Moffo - Le Nozze Di 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 - Le Nozze Di Figaro (Album) Angel Records, Angel Records US 1961 Sell This Version
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 US 1961 Sell This Version
35640, S. 35640 Anna Moffo - The Marriage Of Figaro album art Mozart*, Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Eberhard Wächter, Giuseppe Taddei, Anna Moffo, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ivo Vinco Mozart*, Carlo Maria Giulini, Philharmonia Orchestra, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Eberhard Wächter, Giuseppe Taddei, Anna Moffo, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ivo Vinco - The Marriage Of Figaro(LP, Album) Angel Records, Angel Records 35640, S. 35640 US 1961 Sell This Version
RSLS 3627 Anna Moffo Arias From Faust / La Bohème / Dinorah / Carmen / Semiramide / Turandot / Lakmé(LP) RCA Victor Red Seal RSLS 3627 New Zealand 1961 Sell This Version
ACC 150038 Anna Moffo - Centenaire Du Metropolitan Opera De New York Vol. 5 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 - Centenaire Du Metropolitan Opera De New York Vol. 5 Turandot(3xLP, Album + Box) Accord ACC 150038 France 1961 Sell This Version
Anna Moffo - Reader's Digest Treasury Of Great Operettas album art Anna Moffo Reader's Digest Treasury Of Great Operettas Reader's Digest Australia 1962 Sell This Version
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 Red Seal US 1962 Sell This Version
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 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
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 UK 1963 Sell This Version
Anna Moffo - The Dream Duet album art Anna Moffo / Sergio Franchi Anna Moffo / Sergio Franchi - The Dream Duet (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1963 Sell This Version
Anna Moffo - Coloratura Arias album art Anna Moffo Coloratura Arias (Album) Angel Records Australia 1963 Sell This Version
LM-2685 Anna Moffo - A Verdi Collaboration album art Anna Moffo And Franco Ferrara Anna Moffo And Franco Ferrara - A Verdi Collaboration(LP) RCA Victor LM-2685 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
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 US 1964 Sell This Version
Anna Moffo - Rigoletto album art 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 UK 1964 Sell This Version
Anna Moffo - La Serva Padrona album art Pergolese*, Anna Moffo, Orchestre Philarmonique De Rome*, Franco Ferrara Pergolese*, Anna Moffo, Orchestre Philarmonique De Rome*, Franco Ferrara - La Serva Padrona RCA Victor Red Seal France 1964 Sell This Version
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 US 1964 Sell This Version
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 US 1964 Sell This Version
645.025 Anna Moffo - Manon (Extraits) 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 (Extraits)(LP, RE) RCA Victor 645.025 France 1964 Sell This Version
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 RCA UK 1965 Sell This Version