Serra, Luciana, Italian soprano; b. Genoa, Nov. 4, 1942. She was a student of Michele Casato at the Genoa Cons. In 1966 she made her operatic debut in Cimarosa’s II Convito at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest. From 1969 to 1976 she was a member of the Tehran Opera. In 1980 she made her first appearance at London’s Covent Garden as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. She sang Lucia at the Hamburg State Opera in 1982 and at Milan’s La Scala in 1983. Following her U.S. debut as Violetta in Charleston in 1983, she sang Lakmé at the Lyric Opera in Chicago that same year. She portrayed the Queen of the Night at the Vienna State Opera in 1988. In 1992 she was engaged as Zerlina in Fra Diavolo at La Scala. She sang Olympia in Genoa in 1996. Among her other roles were Adina, Ophelia, Rosina, Norina, Elvira in I Puritani, and Hanna Glawari.
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