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Mezzo-Soprano Giulietta Simionato, 99, Dies

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Italian mezzo-soprano Giulietta Simionato died yesterday in Rome of heart and other ailments. The Forli native was 99 years old.

Simionato's career took off in the 1930s and went on for three decades. She performed at La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London and at the New York Metropolitan Opera. The Washington Post reports that Simonato was a versatile singer, performing Mozart comedies as easily as tragedies of war and unrequited love. She sang under the direction of Arturo Toscanini, Herbert von Karajan and Tullio Serafin alongside artists including Renata Tebaldi and soprano Maria Callas, according to The Post.

Simionato retired in 1966, and is recognized as one of the greatest singers of her generation. Her funeral takes place in Rome today.