Italian contraltos

Posted May 30, 2011
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  1. Cristina Scabbia

    Cristina Scabbia


    Cristina Adriana Chiara Scabbia (born 6 June 1972, Milan) is an Italian singer and lyricist, best known as one of the two vocalists in the Italian Gothic metal band Lacuna Coil. She also writes an advice column in the popular rock magazine Revolver, alongside musician Vinnie Paul. Scabbia is featured in a Megadeth song, "À Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)". She also featured on "The Theory of Everything", an album from Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Ayreon project, with which she is cast as the Mother. She is also the featured artist in the Apocalyptica song "S.O.S. (Anything But Love)" and another version of the Alter Bridge song "Watch Over You". Scabbia has said that the biggest compliment that a fan could pay her would be to remark on her vocal abilities. Her highest note ever hit is claimed to be an A7. Scabbia performed a duet with the Italian ex-singer of Linea 77 Emiliano Audisio on the track "Beautiful Lie" to be part of the soundtrack for the 2013 Italian film Passione sinistra. Scabbia has been in a relationship with Slipknot guitarist Jim Root since 2004.

  2. Milva



    Maria Ilva Biolcati Commander OMRI (born July 17, 1939), known as Milva, is an Italian singer, stage and film actress, and television personality. She is also known as "La Rossa", (Italian for "The Redhead"), due to the characteristic colour of her hair, and additionally as "The Panther of Goro", which stems from the Italian press having nicknamed the three most popular Italian female singers of the 1960s, combining the names of animals and the singers' birth places. Popular in Italy and abroad, she has performed on musical and theatrical stages the world over, and has received popular acclaim in her native Italy, and particularly in Germany where she has often participated in musical events and televised musical programmes. She has also released numerous albums in France, Japan, Korea, Greece, Spain and South America.

  3. Patty Pravo

    Patty Pravo


    Patty Pravo (born 9 April 1948; Nicoletta Strambelli) is an Italian singer. With a career spanning more than four decades, Pravo has become one of the most successful Italian female singers. She debuted in 1966 and remained most successful for the rest of the 1960s as well as throughout the 1970s. Her most popular songs include "La bambola", "Pazza idea" and "Pensiero stupendo". She is credited with thirteen top 10 albums and fourteen top 10 singles in her native Italy. Pravo has participated in Sanremo Music Festival eight times, most recently in 2011. She was also a role model for women of the 1960s, exemplifying their evolution from more established conservative roles.

  4. Fiorella Mannoia

    Fiorella Mannoia


    Fiorella Mannoia (born April 4, 1954) is an Italian singer.

  5. Noemi Chantada

    Noemi Chantada


    Noemi (born Veronica Scopelliti; 25 January 1982 in Rome) is an Italian singer-songwriter. In 2013 she became a coach in The Voice of Italy. She has sold over 550.000 records in Italy.

  6. Marietta Alboni

    Marietta Alboni


    Marietta Alboni (6 March 1826 – 23 June 1894) was a renowned Italian contralto opera singer. She is considered as 'one of the greatest contraltos in operatic history'.

  7. Clorinda Corradi

    Clorinda Corradi


    Clorinda Corradi (November 27, 1804 – June 29, 1877) was an Italian opera singer and one of the most famous contraltos in history.

  8. Vittoria Tesi

    Vittoria Tesi


    Vittoria Tesi ("La Fiorentina") (Florence, 13 Feb 1700 – 9 May 1775 in Vienna) was an Italian opera singer and music teacher of the 18th century. Her vocal range was that of a contralto.

  9. Sofia Scalchi

    Sofia Scalchi


    Sofia Scalchi (November 29, 1850 – August 22, 1922) was an Italian operatic contralto who could also sing in the mezzo-soprano range. Her career was international, and she appeared at leading theatres in both Europe and America.

  10. Francesca Vanini-Boschi

    Francesca Vanini-Boschi


    Francesca Vanini-Boschi (b Bologna; d Venice, 1744) was an Italian contralto singer of the 18th century. She is best remembered for her association with the composer George Frideric Handel, whom she sung for at both Italy and London, though she also sang in operas by Alessandro Scarlatti and Giovanni Bononcini. She frequently sang alongside her husband, the bass Giuseppe Maria Boschi. Her two Handel roles were those of Otho in Agrippina and Goffredo in Rinaldo; these roles utilise only a limited range and tessitura. After Rinaldo her voice began to decline, but earlier Giuseppe Felice Tosi had praised her for her ability to introduce "Graces without transgressing against Time".

  11. Benedetta Rosmunda Pisaroni

    Benedetta Rosmunda Pisaroni


    Benedetta Rosmunda Pisaroni (born Piacenza, 16 May 1793 – died Piacenza, 6 August 1872) was an Italian soprano who later became a contralto.

  12. Elena D'Angri

    Elena D'Angri


    Elena D'Angri (also known as Elena Angri) (May 1821 or 1824 in Corfu – 1886 in Barcelona) was a Greek-born operatic contralto of Italian origin who was active in the mid-19th century in European opera houses and in the United States.

  13. Cloe Elmo

    Cloe Elmo


    Cloë Elmo (April 9, 1910 – May 24, 1962) was an Italian operatic contralto, particularly associated with the Italian repertory.

  14. Teresa Belloc-Giorgi

    Teresa Belloc-Giorgi


    Maria Teresa Belloc-Giorgi (Bellochi; Giorgi-Belloc; née Maria Teresa Ottavia Faustina Trombetta) (2 July 1784 – 13 May 1855) was an Italian composer and contralto.

  15. Giuseppina Grassini

    Giuseppina Grassini


    Giuseppina Maria Camilla (also Josephina) Grassini (April 18, 1773 in Varese, Italy – January 3, 1850 in Milan) was a noted Italian contralto, and a singing teacher. She was also a lover (at different times) of both Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington.

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