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Licia Albanese dies at 105; opera soprano was favored Puccini heroine
Licia Albanese dies at 105; opera soprano was favored Puccini heroine

Licia Albanese, a revered Metropolitan Opera soprano who achieved superstar status in the postwar era for her emotionally intense and technically accomplished portrayals, particularly of the doomed geisha in "Madama Butterfly" and other Puccini heroines, died of natural causes Friday in New York. She was 105. She had been attending performances until late last year, but "at 105 she felt it was time for her to go," her son, Joseph Gimma Jr., said this week. The Italian-born singer made her debut at the Met in 1940 as Cio-Cio San, the geisha wife of an American naval officer in the beloved Puccini opera. It was one of 17 roles Albanese performed at the Met over the next...

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