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 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.