Cloe Elmo

Cloe Elmo

Italian opera singer, contralto
Date of Birth: 09.04.1910
Country: Italy

  1. Biography of Chloë Elmo
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Operatic Career
  4. Later Years and Legacy

Biography of Chloë Elmo

Chloë Elmo was an Italian operatic contralto, primarily known for her performances of works by Italian composers. She was renowned for her warm and natural voice, extensive lower register, resonant upper notes, as well as incredible passion and temperament.

Cloe Elmo

Early Life and Education

Chloë Elmo was born on April 9, 1910, in Lecce, a beautiful historic city in southern Italy. She began singing at a young age and at seventeen, she became a student at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. There, she studied under the guidance of Edvige Ghibaudo, and later with Rinolfi and Pedreni. Initially, her voice was classified as soprano due to its wide vocal range.

Operatic Career

In 1934, Elmo made her debut in Cagliari, performing the role of Santuzza in "Cavalleria rusticana." The following year, she appeared at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where she portrayed Meg Page in Verdi's "Falstaff." Soon after, Elmo received the role of Azucena in Verdi's "Il trovatore," which became one of her signature roles and marked her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1947.

In addition to Azucena, Elmo performed roles such as Santuzza, Ulrica in Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera," and Mrs. Quickly in "Falstaff" at the Metropolitan Opera. She recorded the role of Mrs. Quickly in 1950, alongside Giuseppe Valdengo and Herva Nelli, under the baton of Arturo Toscanini. Elmo also sang Wagnerian roles in Italian, as was customary during that period. She portrayed Brangäne in "Tristan und Isolde" at La Scala, while Giuseppina Cobelli sang the role of Isolde.

Elmo left an outstanding recording as Brangäne in Italian. She also recorded romances by Brahms and Strauss, again in Italian. Elmo continued to perform at La Scala until 1954 when she decided to retire from the stage.

Later Years and Legacy

After retiring, Elmo was offered a teaching position in Ankara. She spent her last years in Turkey, sharing her knowledge and passion for opera. Chloë Elmo passed away on May 24, 1962, at the age of 52. Her legacy lives on through her remarkable recordings and the impact she made in the world of opera.