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Subject: Re: Noteworthy Opera/Vocal Reissues
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:59:12 -0400

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Bob Rideout wrote:

"Late Santuzzas and Toscas were horrifying, but I have a sense
that they were not that much different from her prime - the
Tosca recording is a mess..."

Well, I like the Tosca recording, although I wouldn't say it was my favorite.  (The first Callas 
recording and the 1956 Tebaldi broadcast tie for top slot, for me.)  Milanov's Tosca is great in 
the live Covent Garden performance with Corelli.  But on the recording, her "I-Vhant-To-Be-
Alone!" delivery of "Voglio vederlo!" is a hoot.

Of all Milanov's roles, even those in her prime, the one I like her in best is Maddalena in 
"Andrea Chenier."  The part fit her voice to a T and she really identified with the character and 
the dramatic situation.  The 1954 matinee performance with Del Monaco and Warren is one of 
the great broadcasts in Met history:  three powerful man-'o-wars steaming up the channel.  
Really great stuff.


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