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    Well it goes without saying that Callas was the most famous Tosca. Other than the great Maria, who are your favorite sopranos to sing this iconic role. I one time heard someone play me an early Tebaldi when she could sing all those high C's perfectly and it was sensational. I tried to locate that recording but what I purchased was a disappointment. Milanov was great in the role. There was a gorgeous blond American Carol Netblett I heard from the radio on a Met rebroadcast who was amazing and it must have been exciting to see such a looker in the role. Speaking of lookers, Verrett was really wonderful in the role as well. I also loved the English recording with Jane Eaglen. Nilsson would have likely have been great live and she sang it tons, but I don't like her recording.
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    Try this, and see if you like it:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattleoperafan View Post
    Well it goes without saying that Callas was the most famous Tosca. Other than the great Maria, who are your favorite sopranos to sing this iconic role. I one time heard someone play me an early Tebaldi when she could sing all those high C's perfectly and it was sensational. I tried to locate that recording but what I purchased was a disappointment. Milanov was great in the role. There was a gorgeous blond American Carol Netblett I heard from the radio on a Met rebroadcast who was amazing and it must have been exciting to see such a looker in the role. Speaking of lookers, Verrett was really wonderful in the role as well. I also loved the English recording with Jane Eaglen. Nilsson would have likely have been great live and she sang it tons, but I don't like her recording.
    Neblett had a pretty short career sadly. If Eaglen had leapt from the battlements there would have been an earthquake!
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    Yes. The choice is a no-brainer.

    Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi with De Sabata conducting.

    Never equalled!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Yes. The choice is a no-brainer.

    Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi with De Sabata conducting.

    Never equalled!
    sometimes performances are popular because they really are the best. this is one such example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    sometimes performances are popular because they really are the best. this is one such example.
    It is the best but there are other very good performances like ~Karajan 1 and Pappano

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    sometimes performances are popular because they really are the best. this is one such example.
    Yes. I've never heard intensity like in this performance. Callas gives 150%!! Amazing performance!

    And Gobbi's malevolence as Scarpia can only be equalled by, well, Gobbi!
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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    Try this, and see if you like it:


    I have that one and it is my favorite complete Tosca on DVD. I also have Behrens and it is pretty good too. But Callas really nails it (and Scarpia ) in her Act II video. What were they thinking in not filming the whole opera with her?
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    Besides Callas we have many truly great Tosca performances, I could list 3-4 live Tebaldi 1950s Toscas that rise to that level with superb male casts, if you can find a good price for 56 MET Mitropoulos that is a great one (MET radio broadcast) and several years later just recently released is 62 MET Price in prime voice with Corelli in smashing form also from radio broadcast (praise the opera gods for MET Radio that started back in early 1930s)

    I have the 56 Mitropoulos in an "arsvocalis" custom CD remaster from vinyl source that is just amazing......
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    The 55 ROH debut of Tosca by Tebaldi is captured live here, highly praised at the time:

    July 2011 “Tebaldi's voice is remarkably fresh and secure, with all five high Cs in place and offering no problems, the registers perfectly knit and the sound grand, beautiful and womanly...Gobbi, is, of course, sui generis. From his opening, snarling statement in church, through his lascivious, sneering 'Ebbene' and disgusting 'Tosca, finalmente mia' and even beyond, he terrifies.”

    SOF wants this me thinks


    Well it goes without saying that Callas was the most famous Tosca. Other than the great Maria, who are your favorite sopranos to sing this iconic role. I one time heard someone play me an early Tebaldi when she could sing all those high C's perfectly and it was sensational. I tried to locate that recording but what I purchased was a disappointment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post


    The 55 ROH debut of Tosca by Tebaldi is captured live here, highly praised at the time:

    July 2011 “Tebaldi's voice is remarkably fresh and secure, with all five high Cs in place and offering no problems, the registers perfectly knit and the sound grand, beautiful and womanly...Gobbi, is, of course, sui generis. From his opening, snarling statement in church, through his lascivious, sneering 'Ebbene' and disgusting 'Tosca, finalmente mia' and even beyond, he terrifies.”

    SOF wants this me thinks
    DA, do you know what date in June this recording was made. Opera depot have one from 30th June 1955 but I don't know if that was the first night or not.
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    That BBC CD is also from June 30 1955 performance..........

    Barbie the bargain hunter comes through with good advice! There is another noteworthy 58 Tebaldi Tosca at opera depot with Bastianini's only Scarpia recording I believe....a shame he does a great job in a role that was made for his talents



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    (I predict an end of year complete catalog celebration sale.......)
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    Who was the Tosca who bounced back up when she jumped off the parapet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    That BBC CD is also from June 30 1955 performance..........

    Barbie the bargain hunter comes through with good advice! There is another noteworthy 58 Tebaldi Tosca at opera depot with Bastianini's only Scarpia recording I believe....a shame he does a great job in a role that was made for talents



    The patient buyer will fill his buy basket and wait for the 50% sale that always comes eventually

    (I predict an end of years complete catalog celebration sale.......)
    I will probably succumb to temptation and download this later today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattleoperafan View Post
    Who was the Tosca who bounced back up when she jumped off the parapet?
    I read about that. They had a trampoline behind the parapet and the audience saw her body bounce back in the air.
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