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Renata Scotto: A Retrospective

Renata Scotto as Tosca, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1987; c. Tony Romano

Renata Scotto as Tosca, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1987; c. Tony Romano

Renata Scotto: A Legend Looks Back, Friday at 8:00 PM

According to friends, this Italian diva who dominated the stage for 40 years, isn’t one to dwell on the past. The word is, the retired singer doesn’t even own a piano. Instead she throws her musical passions into teaching, directing, even a little costume design.

Her 1960 American debut as Mimì at Lyric Opera of Chicago began an incredible 50 year relationship (and counting) with that company; she directed Lyric’s 2007 production of La bohème, and Un ballo in maschera in 2010.

On Friday at 8:00 PM, WFMT presents a a new documentary Renata Scotto: A Legend Looks Back produced by Jon Tolansky on the extraordinary career of Renata Scotto, covering her evolution as a prima donna, and the insight that came with it.

Listen to Renata Scotto reflecting on how her perception of Madama Butterfly changed over the years

  • L. Gordo

    Splendid program. Phenomenal artist. This is radio at its
    very best. Long live WFMT!