Notes & Reviews:
There is the great pleasure of hearing young Nicolai Gedda, enchanting of voice, greatly musical, singing faultless English...[Steber is] strong in temperament, generous of voice, and well inside the character. Rosalind Elias had the lioness's share of the music and responded splendidly at all levels.
This recording was made at the time of its first performance in 1958, but no apologies are needed for its quality; it stands the test of time as well as does the opera itself, and this reissue is well worth seeking out.
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Puccini: Il Trittico / Ileana Coturbas, Renata Scotto, Marilyn Horne, Tito Gobbi, Placido Domingo, Ingvar Wixell. Lorin Maazel
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera / Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi, Shirley Verrett, Robert Merrill, Reri Grist, Ezio Flagello, Ferruccio Mazzoli. RCA Italiana Opera Orch. & Chorus, Leinsdorf (rec. 1967)
Alban Berg: Wozzeck / Walter Berry, Isabel Strauss, Fritz Uhl, Carl Doench. Pierre Boulez, Paris Opera (rec. 1971)
Verdi: Traviata / Tiziana Fabbricini, Roberto Alagna, Paolo Coni. Riccardo Muti, la Scala
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