Cerquetti, Anita, Italian soprano; b. Montecosaro, near Macerata, April 13, 1931. After training in Perugia, she made her operatic debut in 1951 as Aida in Spoleto. She then sang in various Italian opera houses. In 1955 she made her U.S. debut at the Chicago Lyric Theatre. In 1958 she scored a major success when she substituted for Callas in the role of Norma at the Rome Opera, and that same year she made her first appearance at Milan’s La Scala as Abigaille. Her promising career was cut short by a debilitating illness which compelled her to retire in 1961.
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