Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Catalani, Ponchielli, Cilea, etc

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COMPOSERS: Catalani,Cilea,etc,Ponchielli,Puccini,Rossini,Verdi
LABELS: Decca
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: The Great Renata Tebaldi
WORKS: Arias
PERFORMER: Renata Tebaldi (soprano); various orchestras & conductors
CATALOGUE NO: 470 280-2 ADD mono/stereo Reissue (1949-69)
From the mid-20th century until her final stage performances in 1973, Tebaldi was the leading Italian soprano, especially in Verdi and Puccini. Although she was a poor actress, this was more than compensated for by the beauty of her voice. One of the most enjoyable items on these discs is a slice of La bohème from ‘Sì, mi chiamano Mimì’ to the end of Act II with Carlo Bergonzi partnering Tebaldi gloriously in ‘O soave fanciulla’. In addition to the usual Italian arias there is a thoroughly delightful bonus: the Vilia Song from The Merry Widow accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic under Karajan. Charles Osborne

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