RIP Daniela Dessi
August 21, 2016
Italian soprano Daniela Dessi has died after a short battle with cancer of the colon. She was just 59. She possessed one of the most beautiful voices on the opera stage today. Recently she was forced to cancel her performances of Medea at the Macerata Festival, and other summer engagements, which she announced to her fans on Facebook in late July:
“Dear friends, unfortunately after a health problem I’ve been forced to cancel all my events for this summer. I’ll see you on October 8th for a big sacred concert in the Basilica in Loreto. A big hug to everybody.”
Dessi was from Genoa, but lived with her partner, tenor Fabio Armiliato, in Brescia in the northern Lombardy region. It was here, in the city’s Poliambulanza hospital, that she died last night. Armiliato, who had been with the soprano since 2000, said.
A short, horrible and incomprehensible illness has taken her away in these months. The greatest opera singer of the last 20 years has gone.
She died shortly before midnight yesterday, 20 August 2016.
Born: 5/14/1957, Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Died: 8/20/2016 Brescia, Lombardy, Italy
Daniela Dessi’s western – actress/singer:
La fanciulla del West (TV) – 2005 (Minnie)