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Puccini: Tosca / Guleghina, Licitra, Muti

Release Date: 10/01/2014 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89271   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giovanni Battista ParodiErnesto PanarielloLeo NucciAlfredo Mariotti,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala ChorusMilan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maria Guleghina is perhaps more identified with Tosca than with any other role: she has sung it at virtually every major opera house in the world and many people must have been hoping that she would record it. Recent reports from Italy have spoken excitedly of Salvatore Licitra, a young Swiss-born tenor of Sicilian parentage and Italian training: his career is barely three years old. Fans of the soprano will be delighted: she is in ample, imperious voice, with a dramatic Slav vibrancy to it. She launches "Vissi d'arte" with a abundant, expressive tone, and in vocal temperament she would be a match for any Scarpia. Licitra's voice is full, ringing and eaisly produced, a genuinely Italiante sound of great potential. His comfortable Read more range is mezzo-forte and above, and he rarely attempts anything quieter; indeed he seems o have a sort of "standard dynamic" to which most phrases rise within a few notes. His "E lucevan le stelle" is restrained, however, and he does not hang on interminably to his cries of "Vittoria!": promising signs that with more experience and in other roles he may find more variety of vocal color and reveal more character.

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Works on This Recording

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giovanni Battista Parodi (Bass), Ernesto Panariello (Bass), Leo Nucci (Baritone),
Alfredo Mariotti (Bass), Salvatore Licitra (Tenor), Maria Guleghina (Soprano),
Virginia Barchi (Treble/boy soprano), Ernesto Gavazzi (Tenor), Silvestro Sammaritano (Bass)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Venue:  Live La Scala Theater, Milan 
Notes: pp2000 

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