Pia Ravenna (Soprano) (Helsinki 1894 - Helsinki 1964)
Pia Ravenna (born Hjördis Sophie Tilgmann, 25 October 1894; died October 1964) was a celebrated Finnish coloratura soprano who specialized in operatic works and was known as "the Nightingale of Finland". Her artist name, Pia Ravenna, was based on her nickname "Pian" and Ravenna she found on the map of Italy.
Pia Ravenna had her debut in 1913 at the age of eighteen, and she gave her farewell concert in 1951. According to her own books the coloratura soprano gave more than 800 performances in the span of 38 years, including 400 concerts and as many stage performances. She never became internationally recognized but in Finland she was a leading soprano of the National Opera for more than a decade. She became famous for her technical agility and pearly light coloratura voice combined excellent stage presence. She kept record of her own performances and she appeared in 32 different operas and operettas over the years.
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