She was Callas’s deputymain
The splendid Italian soprano Anita Cerquetti died today at the age of 83.
In January 1958, she stepped in for Maria Callas as Norma in Rome, while continuing to perform the same role for two weeks in Naples. The tour de force earned her world headlines but appears to have affected her health. Over the next three years she steadily reduced her commitments until announcing her complete retirement in 1961, aged 30.