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I, Claudia

This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the death of Claudia Muzio, the majestic Italian prima donna who was a peerless interpreter of Puccini and Verdi. IRA SIFF remembers "La Divina Claudia."

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Muzio in Act II of Tosca, photographed by Herman Mishkin
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As a teenager, I first heard the voice of Claudia Muzio, pouring out Santuzza's "Voi lo sapete" from the grooves of an Angel LP sampler of historic reissues. It was a voice I later discovered had been...

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Current Issue: October 2014 — VOL. 79, NO. 4