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Lucine Amara (born March 1, 1924) is an American soprano, a versatile singer with a fine voice, largely based at the New York Metropolitan Opera.


Amara was born, Lucine Armaganian, in Hartford, Connecticutmarker, of Armenian heritage, before moving to San Francisco where she was raised.She studied at the San Francisco's Community Music School under Stella Eisner-Eyn and sang in the chorus of the San Francisco Opera, 1945-46. In 1946, Amara made her concert debut at the War Memorial Opera Housemarker. Continuing her studies at the Music Academy of the West with Richard Bonelli in 1947, she won a contest to appear at the Hollywood Bowlmarker in 1948. She continued as a student at the University of Southern Californiamarker and as a soloist for the San Francisco Symphony for the following two years. Amara appeared in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos and as Lady Billows in Britten's Albert Herring in 1949.

Amara made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the "Voice from Heaven" in Verdi's Don Carlos, the opening night of Sir Rudolf Bing's inaugural season as general manager, on November 6, 1950. She continued at the Met for 41 consecutive seasons until 1991, singing 56 roles in 882 appearances, more than 60 of which were broadcast on radio and television. Appearing regularly as Micaëla in Carmen, Cio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly, and Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Antonia in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Nedda in Pagliacci, Mimi in La bohème, her repertoire also included Leonora in Il trovatore and Aida. Amara also performed in Europe, Asia, and South America, including at Glyndebournemarker (1954–55, 1957–58), the Edinburgh Festival (1954), the Vienna State Operamarker (1961), Russia (1965), and China (1983.)

Amara made a few recordings, notably as Musetta in La bohème, opposite Victoria de los Ángeles, Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill under Thomas Beecham, as Elsa in Lohengrin, oppositeSandor Konya, Rita Gorr, Jerome Hines, under Erich Leinsdorf, she also recorded the role of Nedda in Pagliacci twice, opposite Richard Tucker in 1951, and opposite Franco Corelli in 1960. Amara was also recorded singing the Soprano Solo in Verdi's Messa da Requiem. Made in 1964/5, the the recording also features Maureen Forrester (Mezzo-Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor), George London (Bass), and the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy.

After retiring, Amara became the artistic director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo and taught master classes in the United States, Canada and Mexico. On January 23, 2005, she performed as a special guest artist with the Musica Bella Orchestra. The Times called Amara "the greatest lyric soprano of our time." Time Magazine wrote that "she brought to the stage the kind of dazzling vocal splendor that made the Met famous. In 1989 she was inducted into the Academy of Vocal Arts Hall of Fame.



  • The Metropolitan Opera Encyclopedia, edited by David Hamilton ISBN 0-671-61732-X
  •, Erik Eriksson
  • Musica Bella Biographies /

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