Italian soprano dies of Covid, along with mother and husbandmain
We have been notified of the death of Lucia Naviglio, a splendid Italian soprano. Based in Bari and famously hospitable to guest artists, she went on to sing in Germany and France with such directors as Ken Russell and Luca Ronconi.
Lucia was 63. Local media report that her mother and husband were taken in the same week by the Coronavirus pandemic which still rages across Italy.
A protégée of the composer Nino Rota, she auditioned a Turandot aria from memory, still unable to read musical notes.
A friend writes: ‘She belonged to a family which was very humble but full of music and blessed by some incredible voices. She left two twin brothers who are opera singers, Pietro and Giuseppe Naviglio; her cousin Nicola Scardicchio is a composer.’
Our condolences to the family.