A remarkable 1954 RAI production starring a young Franco Corelli and the incomparable Tito Gobbi, with Mafalda Micheluzzi as Nedda and Lino Puglisi as Silvio. Orchestra and Chorus of Radiotelevisione Italiana under the direction of Alfredo Simonetto. DVD also includes Corelli in arias from Carmen, Aida, Il Trovatore, Cavalleria Rusticana, and the Verdi Requiem. Mono. Black & White. Bonus Arias in Color. 103 minutes.
Optional subtitles in English, French, Italian and Spanish. Playable in all regions.
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Hardy Classics has another winner in this September 26, 1954 Italian telecast of Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci. What a cast! Tito Gobbi as Tonio, Franco Corelli as Canio and MafaldaRead more Micheluzzi as Nedda. In spite of the black/white photography and monophonic sound...this is grand opera at its finest. Although Corelli did not sing the role of Canio often, he is an ideal interpreter, both visually and vocally. Gobbi had recorded the role of Tonio three months earlier for EMI with Callas and Di Stefano; it was one of his specialties. Micheluzzi is a name new to me, but she is vocally secure, dramatically convincing. As usual with these Italian TV productions, this was recorded first, filmed afterwards with relatively successful lip-sync. The DVD is filled out with a 1963 TV video of the seldom-heard "O rosa di Stambul" from the operetta The Rose of Stambul by Leo Fall, a luscious tenor lollipop sung to the hilt by Corelli. The remainder of the DVD consists of a color telecast several years after the tenor had officially retired from the operatic stage. Notes say these performances are from the TV program I Grandi della Lirica conducted by Guido Guarnera broadcast Jan. 14, 1983. Corelli appears older as one would expect him to, but these also were pre-recorded—and it is difficult to imagine that this assured, vibrant singing dates from 1983; perhaps producers used the tenor's older recordings? Regardless, Corelli fans surely will be interested in this DVD. - Classical CD Review Read less