Another big “thank you” for this gem flights to our Chicago friend 😀 Fortunately we have two wonderful Forza’s with Leontyne Price–a later one (and one more readily available) with Placido Domingo, Sherill Milnes, Fiorenza Cosotta and Gabriel Bacquier, conducted by James Levine, and this earlier one from 1965. While the later one is an excellent recording, the earlier one takes the cake.
Conducted by Thomas Schippers, whose career was tragically cut short by cancer, it bursts forth with an energy and enthusiasm that just can’t be surpassed. The cast is an American Who’s Who of opera in the mid-’60s. Leontyne Price was not yet 40 when she recorded Leonora on this recording, and she brings to the production the skill and dramatic ability of a mature artist but with a voice still with the bloom of youth and freshness. The combination is incredible.
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Leontyne Price, Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill, Shirley Verrett, Giorgio Tozzi, Ezio Flagello
Orchestra: RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Vinyl 1965 Number of Discs: 4 Format: FLAC Label: RCA DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 3.54 GB Scan: yes Server: FF Continue reading →
Many thanks for this masterpiece to our friend Jean-Luc
I learned that this recording was just removed from the RCA print list. What a shame and what a stupid thing to do. This is one of the finest Rigoletto ever produced. The dream cast includes Bob Merrill, Anna Moffo (one of her finest recordings), Alfredo Kraus, Roz Elias, Ezio Flagello, and conducted by Solti in a bright, vibrant, and stunning recording–sharp vocals, quality orchestra throughout, finest mixing. The production is also one of the most dramatic Rigolettos ever, which is as it should be. Rigoletto is after all a descent into evil and revenge, and this recording does it justice throughout. I can listen to this recording over and over. A true modern masterpiece.
# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Anna Moffo, Alfredo Kraus, Robert Merrill
# Orchestra: RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra And Chorus
# Conductor: Georg Solti
Number of Discs: 2
Label: RCA DR-Analysis: DR 13 Size: 2.31 GB