(Born February 24, 1934)
Renata Scotto is an Italian soprano now retired.
Today she teaches and is frequently engaged as an opera director).
As a remarkable singer-actress with considerable style and musicality, Renata Scotto is considered one of the greatest singers of the later half of the twentieth century, specialising in the bel canto repertoire with excursions into the verismo and Verdi repertoires.
Truly a legendary performer, her interpretation of Madama Butterfly has been considered "definitive".
She became an overnight sensation at the age of 18 when she played Violetta in La Traviata and in Puccini's "La Wally" at La Scala, less than a year later she received 15 curtain calls.
Her big break came in 1953 at the Edinburgh festival where La Scala was presenting Maria Callas in "La Sonnambula". Callas cancelled the last performance and Scotto stepped in- the rest is history.
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