Quote Originally Posted by MAS View Post
I doubt Del Monaco would’ve be happy to see another tenor sing “his” repertoire at Decca! Was this about the time of the aborted Di Stefano Mefistofele?
Yes! di Stefano's schedule would make your head spin, the producers must have had a heart attack when he stepped out of the Mefistofele with a summer of recordings planned

Jun-July '58 Starts and leaves Mefistofele w. Serafin
July-August '58 Italian songs w. Olivieri
July-August '58 Forza del Destino w. Previtali
September '58 Starts recital w. Patane including Pollione aria but does not complete it
Nov '58 Redoes recital with Patane minus Pollione

As you note, Del Monaco had Pollione in his active repertoire and had recorded the aria in the same hall 3 years earlier. Decca also had Cerquetti under contract and she had stepped in for Callas at the start of the year in Rome. I believe they recorded some of Norma together along with Simionato but it was cancelled.