Miriam Pirazzini, Italian opera singer, Died at 98


Miriam Pirazzini was born on August 21, 1918i, in Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso, Veneto, and died on December 25, 2016.

She was a well-known Italian mezzo-soprano.

Miriam Pirazzini made her formal debut in Rome, in 1944, as Laura Adorno in La Gioconda.

Then, the following twenty years, she was one of Italy’s foremost mezzo-sopranos.

With Maria Callas, Pirazzini appeared as Amneris in Aïda, at Rovigo (1948), Reggio Calabria (1951) and the Verona Arena (directed by G.W. Pabst, 1953); in the oratorio San Giovanni Battista at Perugia (1949); as Azucena in Il trovatore at the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome (1953); and Néris in Médée in Venice (1953), as well as on the first studio recording of Cherubini’s masterpiece.

Miriam Pirazzini was also the Adalgisa (replacing the indisposed Fedora Barbieri) in the infamous Norma at Rome in 1958, when the performance was canceled after Callas sang Act I and felt unable to continue; she kept the role partnering Anita Cerquetti, who replaced Callas for the remaining performances.

Additionally to that, she also played the roles of the Princesse de Boullion in Adriana Lecouvreur, which she often sang with Magda Olivero in the title role, in Brescia (1956), Lisbon (1956), Palermo (1959) and Caracas (1961).

during the year 1962, her recording of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly won a Grammy Award.

Miriam died in Rome.

Miriam Pirazzini passed away at 98 yeras old.