Giannina Arangi-Lombardi

Giannina Arangi-Lombardi

Outstanding Italian opera singer, soprano.
Date of Birth: 20.06.1891
Country: Italy

  1. Biography of Giannina Arangi-Lombardi
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Career Success
  4. Notable Roles and Farewell
  5. Legacy

Biography of Giannina Arangi-Lombardi

Giannina Arangi-Lombardi was an exceptional Italian opera singer, known for her soprano voice. She had an impressive career, performing in various parts of the world, including South America.

Giannina Arangi-Lombardi

Early Life and Education

Giannina studied in Naples at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella under the guidance of Beniamino Carelli. She made her debut in 1920 on the stage in Rome, initially performing in mezzo-soprano roles for the next three years. During this time, she continued her vocal studies with Adelina Stehle and Tina Poli-Randaccio, eventually deciding to transition to a soprano voice.

Career Success

In 1923, Arangi-Lombardi made her second debut as a soprano. From 1924 to 1930, she performed at La Scala in Milan, where she gained popularity. Her first notable role at La Scala was Elena in Arrigo Boito's "Mefistofele," conducted by Arturo Toscanini. She was frequently invited to perform in prestigious European opera houses but notably never performed in Paris or London. In addition to Europe, she also toured South America and Australia as part of Nellie Melba's farewell tour.

Notable Roles and Farewell

Arangi-Lombardi was particularly recognized for her performances in "La Vestale," "Lucrezia Borgia," "La Gioconda," and "Aida." She also sang in the first Italian production of "Ariadne auf Naxos." In 1935, she performed at the Salzburg Festival, but it turned out to be one of her last performances as she retired from singing three years later. After retiring, she taught voice in Milan and Ankara, with notable students such as Leyla Gencer.


Giannina Arangi-Lombardi passed away in Milan shortly after her 60th birthday. The official cause of her death was not disclosed. Her legacy includes four opera recordings that have survived to this day. These recordings feature her performances in "Aida" (1929), "Cavalleria rusticana" (1930), "La Gioconda" (1931) with Ebe Stignani as Laura, and "Mefistofele" (1931). These recordings showcase her talent and contribution to the world of opera.