- Maria Antonietta Stella was born on March 15, 1929 in Perugia, Italy.

- She studied at the Liceo musicale di Perugia and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

- She won the Concorso ENAL in Bologna (1949) and Concorso Nazionale
   per il Teatro Sperimentale di Spoleto (1950).

- Stella made her stage debut with the Rome Opera as Leonora in La forza del destino (1951),
  opposite the Don Alvaro of Mario del Monaco

- From 1951 touring Europe (Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, Munich in Germany) and sang as a guest
  all over Italy (Florence, Napoli, Rome, Catania, Parma, Torino and Perugia)

- She made her La Scala debut at La Scala as Desdemona in Otello during the 1953/54 season,
  with Del Monaco in the title role and Paolo Silveri as Iago.

- Stella made also her debut in Arena di Verona 1953.

- Stella made her Covent Garden debut in 1955 as Aida

- Her Metropolitan debut was also in Aida year 1956 with Carlo Bergonzi.

- In 1960 she left the Metropolitan before the end of the season on the pretext of illness.
   Less than week later she  appeared on stage at La Scala in Italy.
   The Met brought a lawsuit and had her barred from the USA for two years.

- In 1963 she withdraw late from an important production of Fanciulla del west at La Scala,
  supposedly because of  lack of harmony with the tenor Franco Corelli.
  After that she didn't sing at La Scala.

- By the late sixties she sang at Rome till 1975

- In 1974 she created the title role of de Belli's Maria Stuarda at Naples.

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