Who says youth is wasted on the young? The silver-haired soprano Fausta Truffa hasn’t let her age stop her from sharing her remarkable gift.
In this video below, Truffa sings the aria with accompanying chorus “La vergine degli angeli” from Verdi’s La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny). At this moment in the opera, the character Leonora seeks sanctuary in a monastery, and sings a prayer to the Virgin of the Angels asking for protection. Hear her angelic voice below.
Little is known about Truffa, including her exact age. Limelight reports that a singer named Fausta Truffa is listed on two recordings: one of Erik Satie’s Geneviève de Brabant with Mariella Devia in the title role, and another of Schumann’s Manfred recorded in 1979. The singer on the Schumann, however, is a contralto.
Considering that the Fausta in the video above is most definitely a soprano, she may not be the same one on the recording of Manfred. Some singers do change fach, or voice type, throughout their careers, so it’s not out of the question.
Regardless of her background, her talent is undeniable. Even the choristers behind her are totally charmed by her angelic sound.