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Subject: Re: Luigi Infantino, the best Lindoro on a "complete" BARBIERE recording?
From: Neville Sumpter <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Neville Sumpter <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 18 Aug 2008 21:08:17 +0100

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Hi Steve and All
Yes I would agree with you about Luigi Infantino. I was lucky enough to see 
him in Barbiere way back in 1949 with Paolo Silveri as Figaro, Victoria 
Palombini as Berta, Ian Wallace as Dr Bartolo, Andrea Mongelli as Basilio 
and a wonderful Rosina Graciela Rivera who I heard  nothing of since but 
discovered she was from Puerto Rico! It was conducted by Alberto Erede and I 
don't think you would hear a performance as good as that today
Thanks Neville in England
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From: "Conrad, Stephen A." <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 8:48 PM
Subject: Luigi Infantino, the best Lindoro on a "complete" BARBIERE 

At the prompting of an opera neophyte who raised the creditable question 
whether Gobbi and Alva do not "bark" some of their notes a bit in their big 
duet scena in Act I of BARBIERE, I have just listened to the Prevetali, 
Taddei, Simionato BARBIERE.  I must say that I am very impressed with 
Infantino, who does little more, if any, smudging/avoiding of intricate 
passage work than does either T or S.  AND, AND Infantino sings the role 
with a tenore di grazia sweetness of sound that is-- except when he forces 
and spoils the comparison-- worthy of Schipa, no?  What do others think: (1) 
of Infantino here and elsewhere, and (2) HOW Lindoro should be sung (setting 
aside for the moment questions of that final, usually omitted bravura aria)? 
In an case, bravo to "the neophyte" for prompting me to listen and consider 
afresh!  Thanks, Steve C. in Bloomington

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