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Born Naples 1933.

Died Rome, 4 November 2011.

Italian mezzo-soprano.

Anna di Stasio enjoyed a thirty year career singing with the major Italian opera houses, though not generally in the most powerful of Italian mezzo roles.

She can be heard on a number of studio recordings: Maddalena in Rigoletto (with Grist, Gedda, MacNeil, Ferrin, conducted by Molinari-Pradelli); Inez in Il trovatore (with Plowright, Fassbaender, Domingo and Zancanaro, conducted by Giulini); Emilia in Otello (with Jones, McCracken, Fischer-Dieskau, conducted by Barbirolli); Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana (with Suliotis, Del Monaco, Gobbi, conducted by Varviso) and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (with Scotto, Bergonzi, Panerai, conducted by Barbirolli). These were all made in the mid-sixties, apart from the Trovatore, which was much later, in 1984.

Roles in Scotland

Maddalena sister of Sparafucile
Rigoletto 1955
Shepherd boy
Tosca 1955
Lola Alfio’s wife
Cavalleria Rusticana 1955
Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant
Madam Butterfly 1955
Mlle Dangeville an actress
Adriana Lecouvreur 1963
Laura a peasant girl
Luisa Miller 1963
Anna Hannah Kennedy, Mary's companion
Maria Stuarda 1969
La Ciesca Marco's wife, aged thirty-eight
Gianni Schicchi 1969
Marianna Sofia's maid
Signor Bruschino 1969

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