Opera singer Luisa Tetrazzini under the heading "Desuete Names"

Luisa Tetrazzini, Italian opera singer (coloratura soprano) and vocal teacher, was born in late June 1971.
For the birthday of the prominent opera singer the selection of opera parts that she performed is posted in the museum Sound Library.

The thirty-two-years long career of  Luisa Tetrazzini was rather successful. She was considered one of the most prominent soprano singers of the first quarter of the 20th century. Her best-known parts are -- Rosina (“The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini), Violetta (“La Traviata”) and Gilda (“Rigoletto”).

Tetrazzini had an unusually adaptable, free-flowing voice with the beautiful timbre and wide range, with sonorous upper register. Virtuoso coloratura mastery (trills, roulades, fiorituras, ascending and descending passages, contrasts of legato and staccato), refinement of phrasing, ease of sound emission suggest that Luisa Tetrazzini was the successor and heiress to the bel canto masters. Despite her age-related obesity and short stature, she preserved vivaciousness and artistry on stage.