Notes & Reviews:
There are many available recordings of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera on the market, including some very fine performances, but all lack the one outstanding element present in this live 1957 performance: the unforgettably “creamy” voice of soprano Anita Cerquetti, a superb singer in an era of competing, remarkable voices, whose all too-short career will forever be lamented by those who’ve heard her voice. Featured alongside Ms. Cerquetti are Gianni Poggi, Ettore Bastianini and Ebe Stignani, amongst others. Emidio Tieri conducts the Orchestra & Coro del Teatro Comunale di Firenze.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Her equals in this cast are Ettore Bastianini and Ebe Stignani. Bastianini's Renato shows the beauty and range of his voice, one of the truly great Verdi baritones. Stignani, near the end of her long career, sings Ulrica with the rich, powerful voice that had made her Italy's leading dramatic mezzo for 30 years.
Recording information: Florence (01/06/1957).
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Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
- Conductor: Emidio Tieri
- Running Time: 104 min. 44 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1859
- Studio/Live: Live