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A magnificent performance which will spoil you for all others,
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This review is from: Verdi: Ernani (Metropolitan Opera) (Audio CD)
This performance dates from 1962 and all the principal singers simply stun! Leontyne price is to Elvira what Callas was to Tosca; her singing is phenomenal. Bergonzi is superb too. The conducting of Thomas Schippers, always an underrated maestro, leaves absolutely nothing to be desired; had he lived into older age, he would certainly have been seen as one of the 'greats'. For 1962 the orchestral sound is rather tinny, but this can be compensated for if you have a sophisticated graphic-equalizer. Shortly after re-listening to this recording I saw the 2012 MET production in which both the principal singers are found severely wanting compared to what is on offer here.