Carena, Maria Italian soprano; b. Turin, 1891; d. there, Oct. 9, 1966. She studied in Turin with Virginia Ferni-Germano, and made her operatic debut there in 1917 as Leonora in II Trovatore. Following appearances in Rome, Naples, and Milan, she sang in Buenos Aires (1919), Lisbon (1920), and Madrid (1920–21). In 1922 she made her first appearance at Milan’s La Scala as Suor Angelica, and continued to sing there until 1932. In 1924 she sang in the premiere of Boito’s Nerone at La Scala. In 1932 she scored a fine success as Giulia in La Vestale in Rome.
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