Anna Moffo

Anna Moffo

Italian-American opera singer
Date of Birth: 27.06.1932
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Anna Moffo
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Career
  4. Later Life and Legacy

Biography of Anna Moffo

Anna Moffo was an Italian-American operatic soprano, renowned as one of the best coloratura sopranos of her generation. Her warm and vibrant voice, coupled with charisma and beauty, won her a place in the hearts of thousands of listeners.

Anna Moffo

Early Life and Education

Anna was born in Wayne, Pennsylvania, to Nicola Moffo, a shoemaker, and Regina Sinti. After finishing school, she received an offer to go to Hollywood, but she declined and chose to enroll at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. There, Anna studied with Yufimia Giannini-Gregori, the sister of the famous soprano Dusolina Giannini.

Anna Moffo


In 1954, Anna traveled to Italy on a Fulbright scholarship and continued her studies at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, under the guidance of Mercedes Llopart and Luigi Ricci. She made her opera debut in 1955, playing Norina in "Don Pasquale" in Spoleto. Shortly after, Anna received a significant offer to portray Cio-Cio-San in the Italian television production of "Madama Butterfly." The show aired on January 24, 1956, and Anna quickly became a national celebrity.

Anna Moffo

She went on to perform in two more televised productions that same year: Nannetta in "Falstaff" and Amina in "La Sonnambula." Moffo also secured the role of Zerlina in "Don Giovanni" at the festival in Aix-en-Provence. She released her first recording, featuring the role of Nannetta in "Falstaff" conducted by Herbert von Karajan, and the role of Musetta in "La Boheme" alongside Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, and Rolando Panerai.

In the following year, Anna made her debuts at the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, La Scala in Milan, and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. She eventually returned to the United States and made her debut as Mimi in "La Boheme" alongside Jussi Björling. In November 1959, Anna had her first performance at the Metropolitan Opera, playing Violetta in "La Traviata," which became one of her signature roles. She worked at the Metropolitan Opera for seventeen seasons, portraying classic heroines such as Lucia, Gilda, Adina, Mimì, Liu, Pamina, Marguerite, Juliette, Manon, Melisande, Perichole, and the quartet of heroines in "Les contes d'Hoffmann."

Later Life and Legacy

On October 1, 1960, Moffo made her debut at the San Francisco Opera as Amina. During this period, she also appeared on American television several times. However, Anna's primary focus remained on her singing career, and she performed in opera houses worldwide, including Stockholm, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and more. In 1964, she debuted at the Royal Opera House in London, portraying Gilda in Franco Zeffirelli's production of "Rigoletto."

Anna Moffo remained popular well into the 1970s, particularly in Italy, where she hosted "The Anna Moffo Show" from 1960 to 1973. At one point, she was considered one of the ten most beautiful women in the country. However, her demanding schedule eventually led to health problems. Anna suffered from vocal cord damage and was unable to fully restore her voice. She made sporadic appearances on stage before passing away in New York at the age of seventy-three. Moffo had been battling breast cancer for ten years at the time of her death.