Gabriella Tucci, 1929–2020
The Metropolitan Opera mourns the death of Gabriella Tucci, one of the company’s leading sopranos from 1960 to 1972, who sang 259 Met performances. The warm, colorful timbre of her full lyric soprano and her familiarity with Italian musical style suited her well to many leading roles in the standard repertory. Of the 20 roles she sang at the Met, eleven were by Verdi and four by Puccini. Her Met debut in 1960 was in the title role of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, but her most frequent part was the title role of Verdi’s Aida. She also sang the lead soprano roles in four new production premieres: Verdi’s Otello (1963), Verdi’s Falstaff (1964), Gounod’s Faust (1965, pictured above), and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (1970). In an era of operatic giants, she claimed a place among the best of her generation, and, happily, her artistry lives on through the many Met radio broadcasts of her performances. We extend our sincerest condolences to her family, friends, and admirers.