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Puccini: Tosca
Ferruccio Tagliavini / Tito Gobbi / The Covent Garden Opera Chorus / The Covent Garden Orchestra / Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

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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, ‘The performance was tremendous, not only in the singing, which was up to the heroic standards of the past, but in dramatic tension’.

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GIACOMO PUCCINI 1858–1924

 

Tosca

Opera in three acts

Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica

 

Floria Tosca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Renata Tebaldi

celebre cantante · a famous singer · cantatrice célèbre · eine berühmte Sängerin

 

Mario Cavaradossi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ferruccio Tagliavini

pittore · a painter · peintre · Maler

 

Il barone Scarpia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tito Gobbi

capo della polizia · Chief of Police · chef de la police · Polizeichef

 

Cesare Angelotti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Langdon

Il sagrestano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Howell Glynne

Sacristan · Le Sacristain · Der Mesner

 

Spoletta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Tree

agente di polizia · a police agent · policier · Polizeiagent

 

Sciarrone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ronald Lewis

gendarme · a policeman · gendarme · Gendarm

 

Un carceriere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhydderch Davies

Gaoler · Un Geôlier · Ein Schließer

 

Un pastore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noreen Berry

A shepherd · Un Berger · Ein Hirt

 

Un cardinale, il giudice del fisco, Roberti – esecutore di giustizia, uno scrivano, un ufficiale,

un sergente, soldati, sbirri, dame, nobili, borghesi, popoli

A cardinal, a judge, Roberti – a torturer, a clerk, an officer, a sergeant, soldiers, agents, ladies,

nobles, citizens, people

Un Cardinal, un Juge, Roberti – le bourreau, un Greffier, un Officier, un Sergent, soldats, sbires,

dames, nobles, citadins, peuple

Ein Kardinal, ein Richter, Roberti – der Büttel, ein Schreiber, ein Offizier, ein Sergeant, Soldaten,

Schergen, Damen, Herren, Bürger, Volk

 

The Covent Garden Opera Chorus and Orchestra · Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

Recorded: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 30 June 1955

 

Puccini: Tosca Act 2 'Vissi d'arte'

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Martin Kendrick
08/Aug/2013

“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 Times

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    Martin Kendrick
    08/Aug/2013

    “Tebaldi's heady tone is equal to every one of the role's musical demands, while dramatically she proves an engaged and potent heroine.”

    BBC Music Magazine

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      Martin Kendrick
      08/Aug/2013

      “Tebaldi is very impressive with her huge, supple tone and powerful rhetorical gestures... I have to say that the palm must go to Gobbi, who is in sovereign voice, singing as well on this evening as I have ever heard him sing anywhere.”

      MusicWeb International

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        Martin Kendrick
        08/Aug/2013

        “Tebaldi's voice is remarkably fresh and secure, with all five high Cs in place and offering no problems... she is the very model of a major Tosca.”

        Classics Today

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