Margaret Baker Genovesi

Margaret Baker Genovesi, now retired, was an Australian soprano based in Rome.

Australian soprano

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Born in Brisbane (née Baker), Baker Genovesi’s early musical promise as a child was recognised with performances broadcast on Australia’s Amateur Hour.[1][2] Later she represented Queensland in the 1953 Melba Quest [3] and won the Queensland ABC Concerto and Vocal competition in 1954.[4]

Early in her career, while still in Australia, Baker Genovesi was a popular young soloist performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Queensland National Opera now Opera Queensland.[4]

Baker Genovesi then moved to Europe to complete her studies and was supported by scholarships awarded by the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena [2] She was eventually based in Rome. Her operatic roles included: Violetta La traviata (including her Australian professional debut); Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (including her European debut); Circe in The Enchantress Circe (recorded with Flavio Colusso); Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief (recorded with Jorge Mester); Valletto in L’incoronazione di Poppea (recorded with Nikolaus Harnoncourt); Fortuna, Guinone and Melanto in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (also recorded with Nikolaus Harnoncourt) and First Witch/ Second Woman in L’incoronazione di Poppea (recorded with Charles Mackerras).

During her operatic career in Europe and on later retirement in Australia, Baker Genovesi was also a renowned musical educator, operatic vocal coach and adjudicator of international operatic singing competitions.[5] Amongst her pupils is the Italian dramatic coloratura soprano Desirée Rancatore.

. . . Margaret Baker Genovesi . . .

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