Renata Tebaldi

Renata Tebaldi was born on 1st February 1922 in Pesaro, but she spent her childhood in Langhirano, in the province of Parma.

She began studying singing at Parma Academy of Music with Ettore Campogalliani, but she owes her training above all to the famous soprano Carmen Mlis, with whom she studied at the Liceo Musicale Rossini in Pesaro.

She made her debut on 23rd May 1944 at the Teatro Sociale in Rovigo as Helen in Mefistofele and the year after at the Regio Theatre of Parma (La Bohème, L’Amico Fritz and Andrea Chénier) and at the Verdi Theatre in Trieste (Otello).

On 11th May 1946, she took part in the re-opening concert of the Scala Theatre in Milan conducted by Arturo Toscanini who, following her performance of Verdi’s Te Deum, coined for her the nickname “Angel Voice”. In that same year, she premiered with a number of her best known pieces such as Lohengrin (Parma), Mefistofele (as Margherita, Milan), Tosca (Catania). In 1947, she was at the Scala theatre for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, later returning with various operas for nine seasons more, until 1960. She also performed at the Arena of Verona (Faust), Rome Opera Theatre and at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples (La Traviata and Tannhäuser), a theatre that was to become her Italian stronghold.

The Foundation

Founded on 30th December 2004 with the approval of Ms. Renata Tebaldi and legally recognised on 27th January 2005, its purpose is to protect and strengthen the great Artist’s memory and name in the world.

The Foundation is non-profit making and pursues its objectives through the promotion of cultural and musical activities of various kind, prevalently through the International Voice Competition and concerts. The Foundation is financially supported through contributions, sponsorship, donations, voluntary aid and promotional activities specifically organised for this purpose by the Foundation.

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