Elena Nicolai (Stoyanka Savova Nikolova)

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Tserovo, Bulgaria
Despite her Bulgarian birth and original name, Elena Nicolai, resident in Italy from the late 1920s, was one of the most important opera stars in Italy during the period of approximately 1932 through 1963. An "Italian" mezzo-soprano of fiery temperament and with exciting top notes, she excelled in the Verdi repertoire, but was also famous in operas running from Monteverdi through Mascagni. She appeared at La Scala from 1932 until at least 1952. Her many recordings include complete operas made during the 1950s on the H.M.V. Read more...


Character: Mrs. Bausetti

Il boom 1963