Cobelli, Giuseppina, Italian soprano; b. Mader-no, Lake Garda, Aug. 1, 1898; d. Barbarano di Salò, Aug. 10, 1948. She studied in Bologna, Cologne, and Hamburg. In 1924 she made her operatic debut as Gioconda in Piacenza; after singing with the Italian Opera in the Netherlands, she joined Milan’s La Scala in 1925, where she was one of its principal artists until deafness compelled her to leave the company in 1942. She was notably successful in such Wagnerian roles as Isolde, Sieglinde, and Kundry, as well as in the standard and modern Italian repertory.
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