Above: Renata Tebaldi as La Gioconda, Naples 1967.
During the weeks in 2017 when I was incapacitated by arthritis, I spent a lot of time scanning photos of opera and dance personalities that I have accumulated over the years. Being a Renata Tebaldi fan, I saved a lot of pictures of her: from performances, of her backstage, and far from the stage. Other fans sent me pictures they took of her, or found of her, and I also kept photos from magazines and newspapers.
Today I've finally found time to gather these images - which bring back so many memories - and post them as a gallery. To younger opera-goers, Tebaldi may be just a name; but to those of us who found her singing so meaningful, she remains a goddess.
These souvenirs are in no particular order:
Backstage at The Met, 1970, after FANCIULLA DEL WEST
After Act I of BOHEME at the Old Met, 1965
With Franco Corelli after the first night of the Met's LA GIOCONDA, 1966
ANDREA CHENIER curtain call at The Met, with Anselmo Colzani and Richard Tucker, 1970
Backstage at The Met with Placido Domingo, June 1970
Renata with one of her great fans, Gerda de Keyser; December 1970
With Gerda, December 1970, backstage at The Met
@ The Met, December 1970
With Sir Geraint Evans in FALSTAFF at The Met, 1972
After a performance of ADRIANA LECOUVREUR at The Met, 1969
Post-performance supper with Regine Crespin and Regina Resnik; final gala performance at The Old Met, 1966
Visiting Franco Corelli and Sir Rudolf Bing after a Met performance of WERTHER, 1971
With Leontyne Price
End of the rivalry: meeting Maria Callas backstage at The Met after Renata's opening night performance as Adriana Lecouvreur, 1968
At the 1970 gala celebrating Robert Merrill's 25th anniversary at The Met: Carlo Bergonzi, Sir Rudolf Bing, Dame Joan Sutherland, Gabriella Tucci, Robert Merrill, Tebaldi, Renata Scotto
With Sandor Konya in LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST at The Met, 1970
Visiting Placido Domingo backstage, 1970
After BOHEME, 1969
I think this was the only photo of Renata that I ever actually took myself, in 1968. I had it blown up into a poster and kept it on my bedroom wall for years.