10 January 2014
Gianna d'Angelo, 84, American Coloratura Who Found Success in Italy and Later U.S., Has Died
Hartford, CT, November 18, 1929 — Mint Hill, NC, December 27, 2013
An accomplished and attractive coloratura soprano, Jane Angelovich studied at the Juilliard School and later took lessons in Venice with Toti Dal Monte, who advised her pupil to Italianize her name to Gianna d'Angelo. D'Angelo made her professional debut in 1954, as Gilda in Rigoletto at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. The following year, d'Angelo made her first appearance at Glyndebourne, as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. She spent most of her early career in Italian theaters, where she remained a popular artist throughout the 1960s.
In 1959, d'Angelo made her U.S. debut as Donizetti's Lucia for San Francisco's short-lived Cosmopolitan Opera. Her Met debut was in 1961, as Gilda, opposite Jan Peerce and Robert Merrill. She sang forty-five Met performances during her eight seasons on the roster. D'Angelo's most significant Met credit was Zerbinetta in the 1962 company premiere of Ariadne auf Naxos, conducted by Karl Böhm. Her other Met roles in New York and on tour included Rosina, Norina, Lucia, Amina and the Queen of the Night. She sang frequently with other U.S. companies, including New Orleans Opera Association, Philadelphia Grand Opera and Houston Grand Opera.
D'Angelo made several recordings, the most familiar of which are La Bohème (Decca, 1958), in which she was Musetta to Renata Tebaldi's Mimì, and Les Contes d'Hoffmann (EMI, 1964), in which she was Olympia. After she retired from singing, d'Angelo was on faculty at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (1970–97).
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