Remembering Renata Tebaldi on Her Birthday

Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi with Italian photojournalist Tullio Farabola.(Photo: Mfarabola)
Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi with Italian photojournalist Tullio Farabola.(Photo: Mfarabola)

The great soprano Renata Tebaldi was born on February 1, 1922 and died in 2004, rich, retired, still lovely and still very much loved by fans, all over the word.

I came along just in time to hear her Metropolitan Opera broadcasts in the early 70s, including Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, La boheme and La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West).

Crowds thronged to her performances and yelled and stamped and banged and cried and yelled some more – always in rapture. That’s what “the rapture” should really mean, a great Tebaldi night.

Here she is as Mimi in La boheme, in 1956. The tenor sitting next to her is Jussi Bjorling.

Rest well, Renata. Grazie mille.

Comments
  • Phil Rudell, music lover

    Beautiful and expressive. That applies to the voice and the singer. I enjoyed this because I’m more familiar with her on recordings, and it’s great seeing her soar.

  • Phil Rudell, music lover

    Beautiful and expressive. That applies to the voice and the singer. I enjoyed this because I’m more familiar with her on recordings, and it’s great seeing her soar.

  • Phil Rudell, music lover

    Beautiful and expressive. That applies to the voice and the singer. I enjoyed this because I’m more familiar with her on recordings, and it’s great seeing her soar.

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  • Claude Michaud

    I was lucky i saw the Great Tebaldi live 4 times, she was great also very beautiful,
    i still remember her dimples smile – there are no singers like her anymore.
    She was very glamorous.

  • Claude Michaud

    I was lucky i saw the Great Tebaldi live 4 times, she was great also very beautiful,
    i still remember her dimples smile – there are no singers like her anymore.
    She was very glamorous.

  • Rainer Steinhoff

    I saw Tebaldi and Corelli in La Boheme at the Met, probably in 1969.

  • Rainer Steinhoff

    I saw Tebaldi and Corelli in La Boheme at the Met, probably in 1969.