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Renata Scotto / 7 Complete Operas (14-disc Set)

Release Date: 10/16/2007 
Label:  Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog #: 9910   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGaetano DonizettiGiacomo PucciniVincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Rosa LaghezzaRita BezziArturo La PortaRenata Scotto,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Maria GiuliniGianandrea GavazzeniFrancesco Molinari-PradelliArturo Basile,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Teatro Comunale OrchestraFlorence Teatro Comunale ChorusFlorence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 14 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's good to have Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto together in their primes. Both were singers of intelligence and sensitivity, and except in Scotto's case, in the very highest notes, they were singers of great tonal beauty as well. Here, taped live in 1966, we find the tenor at his most engaging as the dangerous, carefree Duke, absolutely certain of himself, singing with great passion and energy.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing Rigoletto, previously released as Opera d'Oro 7081

This is one of the most remarkable Donizetti productions of the 20th century. The previously released DVD of the same performance (taken live from a 1967 production) has already received acclaimed
Read more recognition for its professionalism, great singing, and utmost perfectionism... This performance reflects all characteristics that a reference recording needs; the quality of the singing is superb: no cast has ever fit so well together as this one—all of these singers were in the prime of their career at the time. Carlo Bergonzi was praised for his reliable singing, his refined phrasing, and his remarkable musicality. His performance of Nemorino is one of the finest ever. Renata Scotto’s Adina is warm and round, except for some unstable notes in the high register. Together, they form the enchanting center of the opera, around which the rest of the cast constructs their story—an impressive and ever-reliable Giuseppe Taddei in the role of the soldier Belcore. Carlo Cava and Renza Jotti both sound extremely pleasing in the roles of Dulcamara and Giannetta.

-- Bart Verhaeghe, FANFARE
reviewing L'Elisir d'Amore, previously released as Opera d'Oro 7044

This was a radio broadcast from RAI in Turin in l967, when both soprano and tenor were at their freshest. Of course, recordings of them are abundant, but this set is interesting insofar as what's right and wrong with them at this stage in their careers. Scotto had been singing for ten years already, Pavarotti only a few (and this was before his Metropolitan Opera debut); she had the role of Lucia well in hand by '67, while it sounds as if Pavarotti was just trying Edgardo out. Despite some luscious, ardent, full-throated singing, particularly in the second act wedding scene, Pavarotti sounds somewhat uncertain--he misses an entrance or two, for instance. Scotto, even at this stage, sounds as if her very highest notes are borrowed and might have to be returned at any moment, but she's otherwise ideally intense and she offers an interesting cadenza at the end of "Regnava nel silenzio" (it would not be out of place at the end of "Caro nome" either). She's a thinking-person's Lucia, in the Callas, rather than Sutherland, mold--it's a very valuable performance. Piero Cappuccilli gives a mustache-twirling reading to Enrico's music. The fact that the performance is as successful as it is owes nothing to Francesco Molinari-Pradelli's lackluster conducting and everything to the quality of the singing, and he takes all the usual opera-house cuts in the score. The sonics are a bit hard-edged but perfectly acceptable. Despite this set's shortcomings, there's plenty here to admire.

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing Lucia di Lammermoor, previously released as Opera d'Oro 1137 Read less

Works on This Recording

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rosa Laghezza (Mezzo Soprano), Rita Bezzi (Mezzo Soprano), Arturo La Porta (Baritone),
Renata Scotto (Soprano), Plinio Clabassi (Bass), Enzo Guagni (Tenor),
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Kostas Paskalis (Baritone), Paolo Washington (Bass)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Florence Teatro Comunale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Renza Jotti (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Renata Scotto (Soprano),
Carlo Cava (Bass), Giuseppe Taddei (Baritone)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Anna di Stasio (Mezzo Soprano), Gianfranco Manganotti (Tenor), Agostino Ferrin (Bass),
Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Renata Scotto (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Scotto (Soprano), Silvio Maionica (Bass), Franca Mattiucci (Mezzo Soprano),
Renato Cioni (Tenor), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor), Alberto Rinaldi (Baritone),
Vito Susca (Bass), Luciana Palombi (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Renata Scotto (Soprano), Alfredo Giacomotti (Bass), Giacomo Aragall (Tenor),
Gaetano Ferrin (Bass), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
La straniera by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Francesco Signor (Bass), Renata Scotto (Soprano), Florindo Andreolli (Tenor),
Maurizio Mazzieri (Bass), Domenico Trimarchi (Baritone), Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano),
Beniamino Prior (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ettore Gracis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra,  Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 

Customer Reviews

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  THE RIGHT STUFF October 21, 2013 By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews "I haven't finished listening to this set yet, but all it takes to recommend a buy is the performance of L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti Performer: Renza Jotti (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Renata Scotto (Soprano), Carlo Cava (Bass), Giuseppe Taddei (Baritone) Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni Orchestra/Ensemble: Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra, Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus I've been reading some Tom Wolff, so, this performance is THE RIGHT STUFF. This what Donizetti wanted; nothing else comes close. While the singing is spectacular-- it blows away Decca's famed Sutherland/Pavarotti recording, the conductor is the star of the show. At first I thought his tempo was too slow, but it quickly grows on the listener until the listener realizes, this is THE RIGHT STUFF. At times, the conductor has the singers accompanying the orchestra, and that is THE RIGHT STUFF. Sound quality is, for an Italian recording at the time, outstanding, meaning below average by the standards of Decca, DGG, RCA, Columbia etc., but miles better than the quality of tinny Rigoletto in the set. You may not know Renata Scotto. Here's all the recommendation you need. At her premier at La Scala, she was the second soprano in a opera staring Callas, who was at her prime. Callas got 7 curtain calls. Scotto got 15. At $15, just the L'Elisir d'Amore justifies purchase." Report Abuse
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