Personalities | Renata Tebaldi | Modern Era | Opera

1922–2004, Italian

Tebaldi studied at the Conservatory of Milan before auditioning for Arturo Toscanini in 1946. Impressed with her exceptional voice, Toscanini offered Tebaldi a concert engagement at La Scala, where she remained on the roster for the next five years. By the mid-1950s, both Tebaldi and Maria Callas were performing regularly at the Met and, despite their different repertoires, a famous feud developed. Loud slanging matches would occur between rival fans, but it all came to an end one night in 1969 when Callas went backstage to congratulate Tebaldi after a performance of Adriana Lecouvreur. There, in front of countless photographers, two of the twentieth century’s most legendary voices embraced and resolved their differences.

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