PUCCINI Tosca. Renata Tebaldi, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Tito Gobbi, Michael Langdon, Howell Glynne David Tree, Ronald Lewis, Covent Garden Chorus & Orchestra / Francesco Molinari-Pradelli. ICA Classics 2cds

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Puccini Tosca Renata Tebaldi Ferruccio Francesco Molinari-Pradelli Ica Classics 2Cds

RENATA TEBALDI

PUCCINI: Tosca

RENATA TEBALDI: Tosca

FERRUCCIO TAGLIAVINI: Cavaradossi

TITO GOBBI: Scarpia

MICHAEL LANGDON: Angelotti

HOWELL GLYNNE: Sacristan

DAVID TREE: Spoletta

RONALD LEWIS: Sciarrone

NOREEN BERRY: Shepherd

RHYDDERCH DAVIES: Jailer

Covent Garden Chorus & Orchestra / Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, 30 JUNE 1955

This June 1955 performance of Puccini’s Tosca marked Renata Tebaldi’s first appearance with the Covent Garden Company. The roles of Cavaradossi and Scarpia were filled by two of Italy’s finest singers,

Ferruccio Tagliavini (Cavaradossi) and Tito Gobbi (Scarpia). All three went on to make memorable studio recordings for Decca, Cetra and EMI.

The Times wrote on 29 June 1955, the day after the first performance of the revival, ‘The performance was tremendous, not only in the singing, which was up to the heroic standards of the past, but in

dramatic tension’. The conductor came in for particular praise, ‘Mr Molinari-Pradelli gave no quarter to his singers and extracted every ounce of power out of the orchestra’.

Of Tebaldi’s Tosca, The Times wrote, ‘With an imposing presence, a fine voice, and a sure judgement of dramatic gesture she made Tosca credible and sympathetic in phrases that were moulded to exploit every intonation of her voice’.

The same critic praised Ferruccio Tagliavini, ‘his voice is generous. his mezza voice is pleasing and his tone does not harden in forte passages’ while Tito Gobbi’s Scarpia was described as ‘an aristocrat corrupted by power’.

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