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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    Turns out that Zeani is Romanian.
    That's fine, when starting the thread I sort of forgot that Maria Verna started out life as Mary Curtis...

    I suppose I meant sopranos active in Italy in Italian rep at that time.

    It's great to see people's suggestions in this thread.

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    The prestige of Maria Callas is so great, that today we mostly remember Margherita Carosio as the sick soprano that was replaced by the young Callas, just before a performance of "I Puritani".



    However, Carosio was a leading soprano during a long time, starting her career while still very young in the 1920s, and retiring in 1959.

    A few examples of her singing:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPRwGtv0JC4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxJ-FqE9_Ns

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ1elPOa2nU

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    Good mention Schigolch with miss Carosio especially that Callas connection.....

    Checking the La Scala archives the go to sopranos for the major bel canto roles in late 1940 > mid 1950s besides major names we know include these two.....Conte will be proud to know they made the cover of a Cetra album


    Maria Caniglia



    Adriana Guerrini
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    Another forgotten La Scala soprano of the 1960s era - Ilva Ligabue

    Ilva Ligabue



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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    the Italian spinto soprano Antoinetta Stella is CRIMINALLY underrated

    Something is wrong with her breathing in that "Un bel di." Can you hear the way phrases are abruptly chopped off, not fully extended and supported to the end? The tempo seems rushed to accommodate a physical weakness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    Something is wrong with her breathing in that "Un bel di." Can you hear the way phrases are abruptly chopped off, not fully extended and supported to the end? The tempo seems rushed to accommodate a physical weakness.
    Great voice, mediocre artist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howlingfantods View Post
    Great voice, mediocre artist.
    I have to agree, IMHO Stella was an overrated artist and I can't really understand how she ended up in so many EMI recordings (Don Carlo, Boccanegra, Traviata etc.) Stella always pales when in the presence of 1st tier artists, whereas Tucci, Cerquetti and some of the others hold their own in the few recordings they appear in.

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    Lina Pagliughi (who has a very fun name to say):


    Another fun to say one in Pia Tassinari, giving a beautiful performance of Mascagni's lovely L'amico Fritz:


    More obscure is Maria Vitale, displaying her excellent lower register and verismo voice in Thais:


    Also obscure, Eugenia Ratti:


    A bit caprino, but Giuliana Tavolaccini had a warm voice in this Lodoletta broadcast:


    I personally think Petrella was often first rate, and never cared much for Pobbe. Her voice seemed to lack its center. Stella was variable. She was often better live than in studio, but she's really excellent in the RAI film of Andrea Chenier with Del Monaco and Taddei. In general, I wish we had such "second rate" singers today.

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    Caterina Mancini ("Lucrezia Borgia" - Teatro Alla Scala, 1950)

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    Gré Brouwenstijn; "D'amor sull'ali rosee"; Il trovatore; Giuseppe Verdi
    Not Italian, if she had be born there she would be more admired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post


    Gré Brouwenstijn; "D'amor sull'ali rosee"; Il trovatore; Giuseppe Verdi
    Not Italian, if she had be born there she would be more admired.
    8/10. needs more chest voice, but the upper 80% of the voice was quite nice.

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    Check this amazing resource - Forgotten Opera Singers Blog
    Scroll down right side to access past entries - year and month
    http://forgottenoperasingers.blogspot.com/2018/

    And Ebay Store (830 items)
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    I think even Schigolch will be impresssed with how deep this info source goes..........
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    Thanks for the interesting topic. I've some suggestions for sopranos who were active in Italy during this period.
    A lot of them have fine voices and when you scan through the discographies they often performed such challenging parts as Abigaille, Elisabetta, Norma, Elena and Odabella as well as the various verismo operas which were far more frequently performed than today.

    Maria Pedrini singing Elisabetta from Verdi's Don Carlo in 1953

    (I think this is actually with Jose Soler singing rather than Mirto Picchi)

    Margherita Roberti (actually American) singing Amelia from Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera in 1960


    Mirella Parutto singing Eboli from Verdi's Don Carlo in 1969


    Floriana Cavalli singing Leonora from Verdi's La Forza del Destino in 1962

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    Some more...

    Anna De Cavallieri (another capable American singing in Italy during this period) singing Turandot in 1966


    Margherita Guglielmi singing Lucia in 1969


    Rita Orlandi-Malaspina singing Odabella from Atilla in 1975


    Carla Castellani with Mario del Monaco in Ballo in 1946


    and the unforgettable Elena Souliotis singing Abigaille at La Scala in 1966


    Thanks,
    David
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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    The prestige of Maria Callas is so great, that today we mostly remember Margherita Carosio as the sick soprano that was replaced by the young Callas, just before a performance of "I Puritani".



    However, Carosio was a leading soprano during a long time, starting her career while still very young in the 1920s, and retiring in 1959.

    A few examples of her singing:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPRwGtv0JC4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxJ-FqE9_Ns

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ1elPOa2nU
    Interesting listening to Carosio. She obviously had a light and appealing voice, but even the higher stretches of Traviata tax her overmuch. In Sempre libera," she was frankly done before she was done. Fortunately she didn't attempt the final high E-flat, instead settling for a B-flat that was nonetheless a bit flatter than normal.

    Kind regards,

    George

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