Lina Cavalieri  &  Gina Lollobrigida    (Clama TimaClub 55)
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Lina Cavalieri  &  Gina Lollobrigida    (Clama TimaClub 55)
V1334. LINA CAVALIERI: Songs by di Capua, Tosti & Falvo; Duets with Lucien Muratore by Lully & Margis; Arias from Carmen, Hérodiade, Faust, La Boheme, Tosca, Manon Lescaut & Mefistofele; GINA LOLLOBRIGIDA, w.Morelli Cond.: Songs by Costa, Tosti, di Chiara & Margis; Tosca – Vissi d’arte. (Italy) Clama TimaClub 55; also featuring 100 pp. Book, w.Biography, Chronology & Photos. - 041316287


“Blessed with a good singing voice, a young Cavalieri made her way to Paris, where her stunning good looks opened doors and she obtained work as a singer at one of the city's café-concerts. From there she performed at a variety of music halls and other such venues around Europe while still working to develop her voice for the opera. Cavalieri took voice lessons and made her opera début in Lisbon, in 1900, the same year she married her first husband, the Russian Prince Bariatinsky. Eventually she followed in the footsteps of Hariclea Darclée as one of the first stars of Puccini's TOSCA. In 1904 she sang at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo then in 1905, at the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre in Paris, Cavalieri starred opposite Enrico Caruso in the Umberto Giordano opera, FEDORA. From there, she and Caruso took FEDORA to New York City, débuting with it at the Metropolitan Opera on December 5, 1906. Cavalieri remained with the Metropolitan Opera for the next two seasons performing again with Caruso in 1907 in Puccini's MANON LESCAUT. Renowned as much for her great beauty as for her singing voice, she became one of the most photographed stars of her time. Frequently referred to as the ‘world's most beautiful woman’, she was part of the tightlacing tradition that saw women use corsetry to create an ‘hour-glass’ figure. During the 1909–1910 season she sang with Oscar Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera Company. Her first marriage long over, she had a whirlwind romance and marriage with Robert Winthrop Chanler (1872–1930), a member of New York's prominent Astor family. However, this marriage lasted only a very short time and Cavalieri returned to Europe where she became a much-loved star in pre-Revolutionary St Petersburg, and in the Ukraine. During her career, Cavalieri sang with other opera greats such as the Italian baritone Titta Ruffo and the French tenor Lucien Muratore, whom she married in 1913. After retiring from the stage, Cavalieri ran a cosmetic salon in Paris. In 1914, on the eve of her fortieth birthday — her beauty still spectacular — she wrote an advice column on make-up for women in Femina and published a book, My Secrets of Beauty. In 1915, she returned to her native Italy to make motion pictures. When that country became involved in World War I, she went to the United States where she made four more silent films. The last three of her films were the product of her friend, the Belgian film director Edward José. Married for the fourth time to Paolo d’Arvanni, Cavalieri returned to live with her husband in Italy. Well into her sixties when World War II broke out, she nevertheless worked as a volunteer nurse. Cavalieri was killed in 1944 during an Allied bombing raid that destroyed her home in the outskirts of Florence. In 1955, Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida portrayed Cavalieri in the film THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.”

-Zillah Dorset Akron