Personalities | Teresa Stolz | High Romantic | Opera

1834–1902, Bohemian

Teresa Stolz made her debut at Tbilisi, Georgia in 1857 and subsequently appeared in Odessa, Constantinople, Bologna, Milan (1865–72), Cairo, Vienna, St Petersburg and Paris. Stolz was a beautiful woman with a powerful voice, ‘diamond-like’ in its clarity and purity. Her phrasing was extraordinary for she could sustain the breath supply for an unusually long time. Stolz sang Mathilde in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, Alice in Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable and the title role in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, but was best known as an incomparable Verdi performer. Her Verdi roles included Amelia in Simon Boccanegra and Leonora in both Il trovatore and La forza del destino. Stolz also created the soprano role in Verdi’s Requiem. Verdi, who admired Stolz greatly, thought her the ideal Aida.

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