Notes & Reviews:
Although not well known in America, Kostas Paskalis (1929-2007) was one of the leading baritones in Europe during the 1960s and '70s. As Paskalis made few recordings, this album is a rare and treasured chance to hear one of the great Rigolettos of recent times. At this writing, it is his only available recording of the role that also features the legendary Luciano Pavarotti and magnificent diva Renata Scotto. Opera d'Oro presents Grand Tier, a deluxe edition of the most beloved Opera d'Oro performances with original artwork by Rafal Olbinski and Opera d'Oro's best remastered sound! Featuring a 64-page booklet with historic photos, a complete Italian libretto and new original English translation, and an essay on the performance by Bill Parker.
"Here, taped live in 1966, we find the tenor [Pavarotti] at his most engaging as the dangerous, carefree Duke, absolutely certain of himself, singing with great passion and energy. At the same time Scotto paints a lovely, fragile picture of Gilda-eager and innocent." - ClassicsToday