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Giulietta Simionato, Opera Star, Dies at 99

Emily Langer, a Post reporter who frequently contributes to the obituaries section, writes:

Giulietta Simionato, 99, one of the finest Italian opera singers of the 20th century, died today in Rome.

She was a "legend in her own time," said Roger Pines, dramaturg of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, a few moments ago on the phone. "That's a very overused phrase, but you can definitely apply it to her."

We'll have a full obituary later. In the meantime, here is Ms. Simionato singing the aria "Che faro' senza Euridice" ("What will I do without Eurydice?") from Gluck's opera based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. It's the wrenching story of Orpheus's efforts to reclaim his wife, Eurydice, from the afterlife. This opera, and this song in particular, convey as well as any other piece of art the grief that comes when a loved one dies.

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 5, 2010; 3:42 PM ET
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Carìssimi Signori, La Signora Simionato Ha onnorato Lisbona nell Ottobre di 2008, per la chiusura ufficiale della Mostra Maria Callas - La Mostra di Lisbona, comemorativa della Traviata di Lisbona. La Simionato ha visitato Estoril, la Villa del Re Umberto, è stata ricevuta nel teatro di São Carlos di Lisbona e ha ricevuto un imenso applauso del publico. Nell giorno doppo, nel Museo de l'Electricità, nella chiusura della mostra, ha detto ai microfoni: Dichiaro chiusa la mia carriera con la mostra Maria Callas. Questa è stata la sua ultima aparizione publica.
Grazie Fernando de Carvalho

Posted by: fernandocarvalho | May 5, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

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