Alfani studied in Florence and Milan and made his debut in 1921 at the Teatro Dal Verne in Milan as Nedda in Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci . In the same year she also appeared at the Teatro della Pergola , the following year at the Teatro Regio of Parma. In 1923 Arturo Toscanini gave her the role of Nanetta in Verdi's Falstaff at La Scala in Milan . Successful appearances at La Scala followed between 1923 and 1926 and later again between 1938 and 1940. In 1929 she made a guest appearance in Berlin with the theater's ensemble.
Alfani made guest appearances in 1928 at the Teatro Colón as Mimi in La Bohème and in 1935 at the Paris Opera as Nanetta in Falstaff . However, she had her greatest successes at Italian opera houses with operas by Mozart and the classic bel canto repertoire for coloratura soprano. In 1942 she ended her career as an opera singer at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, but remained active as a concert singer.
She also taught at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and later at the Tel Aviv Conservatory. One of her students was the soprano Elena Mauti Nunziata . Alfani has made numerous recordings, including complete recordings of Falstaff , L'elisir d'amore , Don Pasquale and Carmen on Columbia Records and some recordings on His Master's Voice .
- Karl-Josef Kutsch , Leo Riemens : Large singer lexicon . Volume 4, 4th edition Walter de Gruyter, 2004, ISBN 9783598440885 , p. 58
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Italian opera singer (soprano) and vocal teacher|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 31, 1896|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Florence|
|DATE OF DEATH||June 1, 1985|
|Place of death||Milan|