Another great coloratura artist, Montserrat Caballé, is heard in another prodigious Donizetti role, Gemma di Vergy, probably the most demanding he ever wrote for the soprano voice. It remained immensely popular in Italy during much of the 19th cen-tury. In Caballé’s 1976 live recording, never before released on CD, the “floated, ethereal tone for which she is renowned” was acclaimed by Gramophone, as was the conducting of the ever-resourceful Eve Queler, who with her Opera Orchestra of New York was responsible for reviving numerous undeservedly forgotten masterpieces.
An uneven opera with wonderful passages, and perhaps Montserrat Caballé’s finest recording,Read more with stunning singing from the underrated Argentine tenor Luis Lima, and excellent supporting cast.
Gemma di Vergyby Gaetano Donizetti Performer:
Luis Lima (Tenor),
Montserrat Caballé (Soprano),
Louis Quilico (Baritone),
Paul Plishka (Bass)
Opera Orchestra of New York,
Period: Romantic Written: 1834; Italy
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A Donizetti GemNovember 7, 2019By David Duval (Fargo, ND)See All My Reviews"THIS OPERA WAS RECORDED 43 years ago. In spite of the time span, it is amazing to hear the voices from that time. The sonics are good and the score moves right along. We are fortunate have the piece available to us long after it has left the concert stage."Report Abuse