A street named Daniela Dessi

A street named Daniela Dessi


norman lebrecht

July 13, 2018

The city of Genoa has decided to name a via Daniela Dessi after the glorious soprano who died two years ago of cancer, aged 59.

Daniela was born and raised in Genoa, leaving at 18 to study in Parma.



  • Caravaggio says:

    Lovely gesture

    • Nik says:

      And extremely rare! How many opera stars have had streets named after them anywhere in the world? I’ve just done a bit of googling and virtually nothing came up. Apparently Laurel, MS has named a street after Leontyne Price, but that’s about it.

      • Jamal Bakri says:

        Lucia Valentini Terrani has a small square named after her in Padova next to the Verdi theatre.

      • Michael Yonan says:

        There are a few in Vienna, not surprisingly! Leonie Rysanek recently had both a small street (Leonie-Rysanek-Weg) and a park named after her, the latter not far from where she grew up in the Third District. There’s also a Patzakweg, named after Julius Patzak, and a Jan-Kiepura-Gasse.

        • Fritz Curzon says:

          Maria Cebotari- in Kishinev, Moldova where she was born; Dresden where he career took off; Salzburg where she sang at the Festspiele; Vienna where she died at the age of 39. A plaque on the wall of where she lived in Berlin….

  • jan neckers says:

    Via Mario Del Monaco Pesaro
    Via Ettore Bastianini in the heart of Siena

  • jan neckers says:

    I forgot my own Flanders

    Ernest van Dijckkaai in Antwerpen (Van Dijck -not Van Dyck- created Massenet’s Werther)

  • Joel says:

    Here in Chile we have some streets Ramón Vinay, named after the great tenor… and also Renato Zanelli, another great Otello born in our country.