So many LP versions have succeeded the famous 1953 mono only Callas-de Sabata recording but none have managed to eclipse it. Although opinion has it otherwise, I think that this set is among the best of the stereo recordings and...it comes very strongly into the reckoning. Tebaldi, at the height of her powers around 1959—the tone is luscious, the interpretation sure and passionate—improves on her earlier recording, and George London is a powerful Scarpia, surpassed on record only by Gobbi in depicting Scarpia's nasty, sadistic nature. What a pity he never sang at Covent Garden. Del Monaco is Del Monaco but he does at least try to be subtle in the third act—"O dolci mani" is quite affecting.
Toscaby Giacomo Puccini Performer:
Mario Del Monaco (Tenor),
George London (Bass Baritone),
Renata Tebaldi (Soprano),
Silvio Maionica (Bass),
Fernando Corena (Bass),
Piero de Palma (Tenor)
Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,
Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1900; Italy Length: 113 Minutes 0 Secs. Language: Italian
Tosca / Act 1: "Ah! Finalmente!"
Tosca / Act 1: "E sempre lava!" - "Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae" - "Che fai?"