Gianna D'Angelo

Singer, Film actor

1929 –


Who is Gianna D'Angelo?

Gianna D'Angelo, is an American coloratura soprano, primarily active in the 1950s and 1960s.

Born Jane Angelovich in Hartford, Connecticut, she studied first at The Juilliard School in New York City with Giuseppe De Luca. In the early 1950s, she moved to Venice, Italy, where she became a pupil of Toti Dal Monte, who also advised her to italianize her name.

She made her debut in 1954 at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome as Gilda in Rigoletto, a role she would remain closely associated with throughout her career. She was rapidly invited at all the major opera houses of Italy, Naples, Florence, Bologna, Trieste, Parma, Milan, etc. She also made appearances at the Paris Opéra and the Glyndebourne Festival as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and at the Edinburgh Festival as Norina in Don Pasquale.

She made her American debut at the Cosmopolitan Opera in San Francisco, in March 1959, in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, on April 5, 1961 as Gilda, and remained there for eight seasons, appearing in roles such as: Lucia, Amina, Rosina, Norina, Zerbinetta, the Queen of the Night. She also appeared in Philadelphia, Houston, New Orleans, etc.

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Nov 18, 1929
  • United States of America

on July 23, 2013


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  • Arty Cohn
    She was a wonderful Gilda. I saw her at the Hartford Opera in the early '60's. Her rendition of Cara Nome was superb. I have read tha she "blew up" in a performance in Chicago, with few details. And after that, impressarios were loathe to engage her. Does anyone know the details of what happened? 
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