Remembering Renata Tebaldi on Her Birthday
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.