|OPERA SINGER (ITALY)|
BORN 17 Oct 1886, Baiae - DIED 13 Jun 1971, Lugano, Ticino|
GRAVE LOCATION Lugano, Ticino: Cimitero di Castagnola, Piazza San Giorgio (next to her husband's tomb, loculo 176)
Mafalda Salvatini was the daughter of an Italian army officer. She became anorphan when she was four years old an she was raised at boarding schools. she showed musical talent fron an early age and Pauline Viardot-Garcia and Jean de Reszke taught her voice in Paris. She also studied under Julius Lieban in Germany.
In 1908 she debuted at the Berlin State Opera in the title part of Verdi's "Aida" next to Enrico Caruso. In the same year she married the scientist Walter Gérard and the costume designer Rolf Gérard is their son. In 1914 she left the Berlin State Opera and joined the Deutsche Oper, also in Berlin. There she worked until 1923. From 1924 to 1926 she was back at the Berlin State Opera, where she sang in Puccini's "Turandot" under Bruno Walter. From 1926 to 1932 she worked once more at the Deutsche Oper.
In 1932 she retired from the stage and in 1933 she married Jurgis Saulys, the Lithuanian ambassador to Germany. When the Second World War broke out they moved to Lugano and there she lived until her death in 1971.
was pupil to Viardot-Garcia, Pauline
Mafalda Salvatini - Wikipedia