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What a performance!,
This review is from: Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Barber of Seville (Audio CD)
I also have the recording made by Prey [late lamented], Alva and Berganza. That is a 4 and a half stars recording. In this recording Callas is just a shade better than Berganza and maybe, Gobbi, just shades it compared with Prey. But the differences are very small in each case. The joy of both recordings, to my mind, is the superb tenor voice of Luigi Alva. His partnership with both Gobbi and Prey is absolutely first class. His drunken billeting officer, wimpish Don Alonso and nervous Lindoro are such joys to which to have the pleasure of listening. Add to that my favourite orchestra[ Philharmonia] and chorus and the expertise of conductor Galleria and the supporting singers Ollendorff, Zaccaria, Carturin and Carlin thw whole performance is an absolute gem. It has to be a must for anyone interested in definitive operatic performances.