Lucia Valentini Terrani

Lucia Valentini Terrani

Italian opera singer, mezzo-soprano
Date of Birth: 29.08.1946
Country: Italy

  1. Biography of Lucia Valentini-Terrani
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Professional Career
  4. International Fame
  5. Personal Life and Legacy

Biography of Lucia Valentini-Terrani

Early Life and Education

Lucia Valentini-Terrani, born Lucia Valentini, was an Italian opera singer, specifically a mezzo-soprano. She was born in 1946 in Padua, Italy. She studied at the Padua Music Conservatory and later at the Accademia Benedetto Marcello in Venice.

Lucia Valentini Terrani

Professional Career

Valentini-Terrani made her professional opera debut as Angelina in Rossini's "La cenerentola." This role would become closely associated with her throughout her career. She had her debut at the renowned La Scala theater in 1973, once again performing the role of Angelina in Rossini's "La cenerentola." She later became closely identified with Rossini's repertoire, appearing in productions such as "L'italiana in Algeri," "Il barbiere di Siviglia," and "Il viaggio a Reims." She also performed in baroque operas such as Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo" and Handel's "Alcina." However, Valentini-Terrani did not limit herself to bel canto and continuously expanded her repertoire.

Lucia Valentini Terrani

International Fame

Valentini-Terrani soon gained international recognition and applause from audiences in Paris, London, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, and many other European and American cities. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1974, performing as Isabella in "L'italiana in Algeri."

Personal Life and Legacy

In 1973, Valentini-Terrani married Italian actor Alberto Terrani, also known as Alfredo Bolognesi. She added her husband's surname to her own and became known as Valentini-Terrani. In 1996, she was diagnosed with leukemia and sought treatment at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Unfortunately, she did not overcome the illness and passed away after complications from a bone marrow transplant surgery. Valentini-Terrani died on June 11, 1998, at the age of 51.

Her death was mourned by the entire opera world, paying tribute to her brilliant performances and remarkable character. Valentini-Terrani was hailed as a "universal singer who could sing almost anything." Her voice, which once captivated the opera world, was praised by all music critics. Some even believed that it would be challenging to find a performer who could compare to her unique and incomparable talent. She was later recognized as one of the foremost mezzo-sopranos of her generation. Among her musical legacy are recordings of "L'italiana in Algeri" (1978), "La cenerentola" (1980), "Nabucco" (1982), "Falstaff" (1982), "Don Carlos" (1983-84), and several others.