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Resident Company of Opera San Jose, 2013-2014     |     Eric Wolfinger, Photographer



Irene Dalis: Diva, Impresaria, Legend

When mezzo-soprano Irene Dalis sang, she astounded the opera world. Read the reviews:

“A voice of sumptuous beauty, secure and confident throughout its wide range, brilliant one moment, subtle the next…. At the close of this celebrated aria there were thunderous shouts of ‘bravo’ from all parts of the opera house.”
– Frances Robinson, San Jose Mercury, 1958.

“Young Irene Dalis was a complete revelation… Few dramatic sopranos exist who possess such a brilliant top register with such a noble middle, coupled with the sonorous and full contralto quality.”
– Heinrich Darius, Die Presse, 1961.

“She raved, she ranted, she seduced, she spat fire – all with the glorious control and with that velvety sheen that is the marvel of her voice.”
– John Gruen, New York Herald Tribune, 1962.

After an adventurous 25-year career at the top of the international opera world, what did Irene Dalis do for an encore? Founded an opera company, of course!

Irene Dalis: Diva, Impresaria, and Legend tells the story of this magnetic star and the opera company she created.