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A Verdi Collaboration

Anna Moffo , Franco Ferrara Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Franco Ferrara
  • Audio CD (1 Jan 1900)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vespri Siciliani, Act V: "Mercè, dilette amiche"
2. Ernani, Act I: "Ernani involami"
3. Aida:, Act III: "O patria mia"
4. Il trovatore, Act IV: "D'amor sull'ali rosee"
5. Giovanna d'Arco, Prologue: "O ben s'addice questo torbido cielo"
6. Otello, Act IV: "Salce, Salce - Ave Maria"
7. Un ballo in maschera, Act III: "Morrò ma prima in grazia"
8. Simon Boccanegra, Act I: "Come in quest'ora bruna"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful 29 July 2013
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Simply wonderful singing from a young Anna Moffo.Why it has taken 50 years for one of her best recordings to arrive on CD is a mystery but hurrah at last!The programme is a broad one and covers roles that would have been unwise choices on stage, as many are better suited to grander and bigger sized voices like her RCA stablemate Leontyne Price-that said the singing is unfailingly musical,the technical challenges met squarely and honestly.Some gorgeous piano singing in the Aida and Otello,a spectacular top E in the Vespri,and D flat in the Trovatore all show her in the very best light and she can shade the voice to encompass a more spinto sound for the Ballo aria.I have always considered this her best recital disc and it makes one ever sadder that her career went off kilter within 10 years of this disc.Would it be churlish to hope that RCA/Sony might reissue her lighter repertoire discs from this period with Sergio Franchi and Skitch Henderson?The remastering has been well managed and shows orchestra and singer in a flattering light as does the cover photo.Please buy and be glad that this disc is a golden reminder of a remarkable talent caught at its freshest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAGICAL MOFFO 9 Aug 2013
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The term "rollercoaster" might have been coined to describe the career of the American-Italian Anna Moffo. After high school she turned down an offer to go to Hollywood in order to study with Eufemia Giannini-Gregory, sister of soprano Dusolina Giannini. In 1954 she left for Italy to complete her studies in Rome with Mercedes Llopart and Luigi Riccu, making her official operatic debut in 1955 as Norina in Spoleto. In 1956 an Italian television performance of Madama Butterfly made Moffo an overnight sensation throughout Italy. Offers from Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Salzburg and Milan quickly followed.

Moffo's 1957 American debut was as Mimi opposite the Rodolfo of Jussi Bjorling in Chicago and in 1959 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Violetta, singing a wide range of roles over seventeen seasons: Lucia, Gilda, Adina, Mimi, Liu, Nedda, pamina, Marguerite, Juliette, Manon, Melisande, Perichole and the four heroines of Les Contes d'Hoffmann. Through her stage and TV appearances she became not only hugely popular in the US, but greatly loved by her admirers, who stood by her when physical exhaustion caused a serious and very public vocal collapse in 1974, from which she never fully recovered. Although she resumed her career in 1976 and continued to record she appeared only sporadically. After retiring from singing Moffo remained active in the opera community as a Board Member of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and giving occasional masterclasses. She spent the last years of her life in New York City, where she died of a stroke at age 73 following a decade-long battle with breast cancer, leaving a considerable legacy of recordings, the finest of which are the EMI recordings of the 1950s and those for RCA in the early to mid 1960s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Verdi Collaboration CD 21 Oct 2013
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Brilliant. Not heard any Anna Moffo before. Lovely CD What more can I say. I have run out of words
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5.0 out of 5 stars anna moffo at her best 5 Dec 2013
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what a voice fabulous. so underrated. the stereo recording is outstanding. this all verdi programme of anna moffo's is a triumph compared to the very disappointing anna netrobeko verdi cd that i also purchased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Moffo: A Verdi Collaboration. 16 Nov 2013
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It is great to have this recital available on CD and shows how broad the repertoire she was capable of singing in her prime in the early 1960's.
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