Renata Tebaldi: The Early Years | Australian Eloquence ELQ4820286

Renata Tebaldi: The Early Years

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4820286

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 6th July 2015

Contents

Works

Catalani, Alfredo

La Wally
» Ne mai dunque avro pace...Ohime!

Cilea, Francesco

Adriana Lecouvreur
» Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella
» Poveri fiori

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Air des bijoux (Jewel Song)

Mascagni, Pietro

Lodoletta
» Ah! il suo nome! ... Flammen perdonami

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» E Susanna non vien! ... Dove sono
» Porgi amor

Puccini, Giacomo

Madama Butterfly
» Un bel di vedremo (Act 2)
Manon Lescaut
» In quelle trine morbide (Act 2)
Tosca
» Vissi d'arte (Act 2)

Refice, Licinio

Cecilia
» Grazie sorelle (La morte di Cecilia)
» Per amor di Gesu porgete il core (L'annunzio)

Rossini, Gioacchino

Guillaume Tell
» S'allontanarono ...Selva opaca (Act 2)

Verdi, Giuseppe

Aida
» Ritorna vincitor! (Act 1)
Il trovatore
» Tacea la notte placida

Artists

Renata Tebaldi (soprano)

Works

Catalani, Alfredo

La Wally
» Ne mai dunque avro pace...Ohime!

Cilea, Francesco

Adriana Lecouvreur
» Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella
» Poveri fiori

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Air des bijoux (Jewel Song)

Mascagni, Pietro

Lodoletta
» Ah! il suo nome! ... Flammen perdonami

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» E Susanna non vien! ... Dove sono
» Porgi amor

Puccini, Giacomo

Madama Butterfly
» Un bel di vedremo (Act 2)
Manon Lescaut
» In quelle trine morbide (Act 2)
Tosca
» Vissi d'arte (Act 2)

Refice, Licinio

Cecilia
» Grazie sorelle (La morte di Cecilia)
» Per amor di Gesu porgete il core (L'annunzio)

Rossini, Gioacchino

Guillaume Tell
» S'allontanarono ...Selva opaca (Act 2)

Verdi, Giuseppe

Aida
» Ritorna vincitor! (Act 1)
Il trovatore
» Tacea la notte placida

Artists

Renata Tebaldi (soprano)

About

In May 1946, when Milan’s venerable La Scala theatre reopened after World War II, conductor Arturo Toscanini selected Renata Tebaldi, then 24, to sing music by Rossini and Verdi for that watershed concert. ‘Ah, la voce d’angelo’ – the voice of an angel – was Toscanini’s reported verdict.

In her heyday, she was known as ‘La Superba’. At the Metropolitan Opera, where she was utterly adored, she was, less poetically, ‘Miss Sold-Out’. Her stage career lasted some three decades, and she retired in 1976 at the comparatively early age of 54.

The items on the 1949 recital were first issued by Decca on 78rpm, later collected on LP. The 1955 recital was issued on two ten-inch discs in February and May 1956, then issued collectively on an LP in November 1958.

Those who heard Tebaldi live remarked that her studio recordings did not do her full justice, but they were best-sellers for Decca, and continue to remain artistically and commercially viable today.

one of the best and most interesting operatic recitals to appear for some time’ […] ‘exquisite soft and controlled singing […] [the Mascagni aria] is sung with beautiful tone and great pathos by Tebaldi.’ - Gramophone, July 1956

the Italian opera arias (especially two from Adriana Lecouvreur) are utterly exquisite’ - Gramophone, September 1956

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