Renata Tebaldi(1922-2004), Italian soprano, studied in Parma and made her debut in 1944. She performed under Toscanini in the concert for the reopening of La Scala in 1946, and remained there for over a decades. She appeared as Desdemona in both her Covent Garden(1950) and Metropolitan Opera(1955) debuts; she stayed with Metropolitan Opera for 17 years. She performed at most of the leading opera houses. She primarily focused on the verisimo roles of the lyric and dramatic repertoires. By the end of her career, she had sang in 1,262 performances, 1,048 complete operas and 214 concerts.