Leila Cuberli, (September 29, 1945) is an American soprano, particularly associated with the Belcanto repertory. Born Lela Alice Terrell in Austin, Texas, she studied in Dallas and later in Milan. She made her professional debut in Siena, in 1973, and for some years pursued her career mainly in Italy, making her mark in Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini operas.
Leila Cuberli American soprano born 1945
Leila Cuberli sang at Martina Franca from 1976 to 1982, as Amenaide, Adalgisa, and in Paisiello operas. She appeared at La Scala from 1978 to 1985, as Aminta, Ginevra, Rodelinda, Giunia, Contessa di Folleville . Other roles at the major opera houses of Italy have included; Donna Anna, Fiordiligi, Rossini’s Elisabetta and Desdemona, etc. She also appeared at the Paris Opéra, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival.
Returning to the United States, she made her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1989, as Amenaide, and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1990, as Semiramide. In 1990, she also made her debut at Covent Garden in London, as Mathilde.
Leila Cuberli can be heard on disc in works by Mozart, notably in Daniel Barenboim’s recording cycle of the Lorenzo Da Ponte’s operas, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte. She also recorded Giunia in Mozart’s Lucio Silla and the Great Mass in C minor under James Levine, the soprano part in Herbert von Karajan’s recording of the Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and the 9th Symphony, Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims and Tancredi, and Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei. She has also recorded two solo recitals of works by Donizetti, Bellini, Rossini, Pergolesi and Mozart.
Cuberli’s voice is not large, but rich and beautiful, and is firmly produced, flexible and used with style. She taught at the University of North Texas during the Spring Semester of 2008.
She was educated at Southern Methodist Univ. (B.Mus., 1974). In 1975 she made her operatic debut as Violetta in Budapest. Following her first appearance at Milan’s La Scala as Mozart’s Constanze in 1978, she sang there frequently in later years. She also toured with the company to the Edinburgh Festival in 1982 in Handel’s Ariodante.
In 1985 she made her debut as a soloist at the Berlin Festival. She sang Mozart’s Countess at her first appearance at the Salzburg Festival in 1986. After an engagement as Violetta in Brussels in 1987, she made her debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1988 in // viaggio a Reims. On Nov. 30, 1990, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Rossini’s Semiramis.
She sang Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffinann at the Opera de la Bastille in Paris in 1992, and that same year appeared as Mozart’s Countess with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, London, on the company’s visit to Japan. In 1996 she was engaged as Donna Anna at the Salzburg Festival. As a concert artist, she sang with many major orchestras.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire
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Metropolitan Opera House; 11/30/1990
Debuts: Lella Cuberli, Youngok Shin, Chris Merritt
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Metropolitan Opera House; 12/3/1990
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Metropolitan Opera House; 12/7/1990
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Metropolitan Opera House; 12/12/1990
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Metropolitan Opera House; 12/26/1990
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Metropolitan Opera House; 12/29/1990
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Metropolitan Opera House; 01/7/1993
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Metropolitan Opera House; 01/13/1993
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Metropolitan Opera House; 01/16/1993