Leontyne Price: Prima Donna Assoluta

Release Date: 10/7/2016
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 88985311342
Number of Discs: 22

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Leontyne Price has repeatedly been called the supreme Verdi soprano of her time, even of the entire 20th century. As she approaches her 90th birthday in early 2017, Sony Classical takes pride in saluting Price with a new reissue, Prima Donna Assoluta – Her Ultimate Opera Recordings featuring ten complete opera recordings from this great American artist’s matchless discography.

Included in this newly remastered collection is perhaps Price’s most brilliant recorded performance, her 1963 Carmen with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by one of her greatest admirers and frequent collaborators, Herbert von Karajan. As for her “supreme” Verdi, Prima Donna Assoluta includes five operas that range from the early Emani to a masterpiece of the composer’s full maturity, Aida. The box set also features three Puccini operas, including Price’s celebrated 1972 recording of Tosca with conductor Zubin Mehta, and her 1967 recording of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with conductor Erich Leinsdorf.
Works on This Recording
1. Così fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Ezio Flagello (Bass), George Shirley (Tenor), Judith Raskin (Soprano), Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1790 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Carmen by Georges Bizet
Performer: Maurice Besançon (Tenor), Frank Schooten (Bass), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Bernard Demigny (Baritone), Monique Linval (Soprano), Geneviève Macaux (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873-1874 ; France
3. Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Ezio Flagello (Bass), Fernando Iacopucci (Tenor), Hartje Mueller (Voice), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Mario Sereni (Baritone), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Julia Hamari (Alto)
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; Italy
4. Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
5. Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
6. Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Edith Mathis (Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Ruggero Raimondi (Bass), Hans Sotin (Bass), Bruce Brewer (Tenor), Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
7. La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Ezio Flagello (Bass), Robert Merrill (Baritone), Giorgio Tozzi (Bass), Richard Tucker (Tenor), Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862/1869 ; Italy
8. Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Paul Plishka (Bass), John Gibbs (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Francis Egerton (Tenor), Clifford Grant (Bass), Michael Rippon (Bass), David Pearl (Boy Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
9. Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Silvia Bertona (Soprano), Robert Kerns (Baritone), Arturo La Porta (Baritone), Gianna Lollini (Soprano), Virgilio Carbonari (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Leo Pudis (Bass), Mario Rinaudo (Bass), Richard Tucker (Tenor), Anna di Stasio (Mezzo Soprano), Fernanda Cadoni (Mezzo Soprano), Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano), Philip Maero (Baritone), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
10. Il Tabarro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918 ; Italy
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