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A brilliant live performance from Salzburg in 1961. Baritone Tito Gobbi, one of the great singing actors of his era, is indelibly vivid as the tortured title character in this dark masterpiece. This is the only complete recording at mid-price, with newly translated Italian-English libretto and an extensive background essay on the opera.
A brilliant live performance from Salzburg in 1961. Baritone Tito Gobbi, one of the great singing actors of his era, is indelibly vivid as the tortured title character in this dark masterpiece. This is the only complete recording at mid-price, with newly translated Italian-English libretto and an extensive background essay on the opera. Read less
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Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi
Tito Gobbi (Baritone),
Leyla Gencer (Soprano),
Giorgio Tozzi (Bass),
Rolando Panerai (Baritone),
Giuseppe Zampieri (Tenor),
Vito Susca (Tenor),
Glade Peterson (Bass)
Vienna State Opera Chorus,
Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Written: 1857; Italy
Date of Recording: 08/19/1961
Venue: Live Salzburg, Austria
Length: 131 Minutes 16 Secs.
Notes: Libretto in English and Italian included.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Positives and Negatives April 5, 2014
By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews
"With its nationalism and political morality deeply embedded in the story line, Simon Boccanegra qualifies as one of Verdi's top tier operas. With a complex plot centered around the remarkable integrity of a Renaissance-era Italian bureaucrat, the opera offers fine melodies, lots of intrigue and tension, and plenty of opportunities for character development, both positive and negative. This Opera d'Oro recording is from 1961 and is a live performance from the Vienna State Opera. On the positive side, the cast is simply outstanding. Tito Gobbi as Simon Boccanegra, Leyla Gencer as Maria, Giorgio Tozzi as Fiesco, and Rolando Panerai as the ill-fated Paolo deliver brilliant, classic performances. Indeed, I found the overall quality of the singing to be impeccable through the entire cast. Conductor Gianandrea Gavazzeni provides a strong performance at the helm of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, and the 1961 Vienna audience must surely have been treated to a stirring, emotionally charged musical experience. Unfortunately, that musical magic was not adequately captured on tape, as the recording's sound quality shows its age. I found this to be most evident with the orchestral score, which seemed compressed and lacking the crystal clarity and full frequency beauty of more modern recordings. In short, as an historically important recording, especially with respect to the great singing of the cast, this Simon Boccanegra holds merit and should be of interest to opera fans. Just be prepared for a 50+ year old recording that offers less than state-of-the-art sound. A complete Italian/English libretto is included."