Adriana Maliponte, born in Brescia; her family moved to Mulhouse when she was nine, and she studied singing (under Suzanne Stappen Bergman), the piano and dance at the Mulhouse Conservatory.
At the age of 15 Carmen Melis invited the young Adriana to study with her in Como. In 1958 she made her stage début at the Teatro Nuovo, Milan, in La Bohème, and in 1960 won the Geneva International Competition.
She made her Paris Opéra début as Micaela in the season 1962-63, and attracted international attention the next year when she created Sardula in the world première of Menotti's Le dernier sauvage at the Opéra-Comique; she first appeared at La Scala in 1970 as Massenet's Manon.
After numerous performances throughout the USA (including Philadelphia, New Orleans, Miami, Hartford, Chicago - Traviatawith Alfredo Kraus 1966 -) she made her Metropolitan Opera début on 22 March 1971, as Mimi, (her patner was Luciano Pavarotti).
Subsequent New York roles have included Gluck's Eurydice, Pamina, Gounod's Juliet, Luisa Miller, and Micaela in the Carmen conceived by Goran Gentele that, recreated posthumously, opened under Bernstein in 1972-73.
She first appeared at Covent Garden in February 1976, as Nedda.
A remarkably versatile singing-actress, she balances lyrical finesse with dramatic intensity in a manner that lends individuality to her roles. Her recordings include Micaela and Anna in Puccini's Le villi.


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