Originally Posted by Schigolch
Following my own advice, I open a thread to speak about one of my favourite singers, Anita Cerquetti, that was not in the final list.
Blessed with a very beautiful voice, Cerquetti had also a great vocal technique, incisive phrasing, good balance between her low and high notes,... and after fighting for more than ten years to be a top opera singer, she just retired the very moment she achieved stardom.
True, she sung for the first time at La Scala in 1960, with an Abigaille and very good reviews. Then, a couple of performances, a couple of recitals, and it will be the end for a Cerquetti that was only 32 years old.
Later, Cerquetti put the blame on some health issues, and the stress of the singing profession. A great pity. But thanks to her radio broadcasts, we have recordings of many roles, that are among the best we can hear from those wonderful 1950s.