Daniela Dessì, Italian opera singer, Died at 59


Daniela Dessì was born on May 14, 1957, and died on August 21, 2016.

She was an Italian opera singer.

She completed her studies at the Conservatory of Parma and the Accademia Chigiana of Siena, Italy.

When she won the first prize at the International Competition organized by Italy’s RAI TV in 1980, she debuted with the comic opera La serva padrona by Pergolesi.

Dessi’s international career took her to a variety of opera theatres, singing under the direction of orchestra conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, and the Metropolitan Opera’s James Levine.

Her 2008–2009 season started with Tosca in Florence, where she performed an encore of “Vissi d’arte”, the first encore at Teatro Comunale di Firenze since Renata Tebaldi’s “Amami Alfredo” in 1956.

Dessi later performed at the Verdi Theatre in Trieste, and also performed Adriana Lecouvreur in Palermo, Puccini’s La fanciulla del West in Seville, Manon Lescaut in Warsaw, Madama Butterfly in Hanover, and Aida in Verona and Cagliari.

Daniela closed the season in Barcelona with Turandot.

During January 2009, Dessi opened the season of recital at La Scala.

Daniela Dessì passed away at 59 due to cancer.