Leyla Gencer has passed away at 79

The Turkish soprano Leyla Gencer (1928-2008), one of the greatest opera singers of the 20th century, has died of hear failure in Italy at the age of 79, a Turkish arts foundation announced Saturday.

Born in Istanbul in October 1928, Gencer won international recognition after her debut in 1957 at La Scala in Milan as Madame Lidoine in the world premiere of Poulenc's "Les Dialogues des Carmelites".

Known as "La Diva Turca," she performed at La Scala and many other leading world theatres until 1985, accumulating a repertoire of more than 70 roles, notably the great heroines of Donizetti.

She was the artistic director of La Scala Singing Academy when she passed away Friday in her home in Milan.

Gencer's funeral ceremony will be held in Milan on Monday, after which her body would be cremated in line with her will, the Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation, which organises a voice competition bearing her name, said in a statement carried by Anatolia news agency.

Her ashes will then be brought to Istanbul and scattered in the Bosphorus.

Listen her MARVELOUS: "Coppia iniqua" (Anna Bolena)


mahler76 said...

Καλά ήταν ζωντάνή???
Πάει και άλλη μια εκπληκτική φωνή.

advocatus diaboli said...

Εκπληκτική καλλιτέχνις... ένας-ένας μας αφήνουν...

Gloriana said...

Τα πιανίσιμι της ήταν απλά ΘΕΪΚΑ...

Gloriana said...

Loipon, yparxei mia katapliktiki synenteuksi tin Gencer persini, peripoy 1 oras sto google-video poy metaksu allon ta xonei kanonika kai stoys tenoroys toys leei primadonnes klp. Exei tromero endiaderon kai aksizei na ti deite-akousete!

Ooops. prepei na xerete italika... den exei ypotitloys.