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Subject: Re: Giuseppe Campora (and the Met Centennial release
From: Mike Leone <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:37:10 -0800
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I have always enjoyed Campora's performances in the Tebaldi Tosca and Butterfly recordings and I like him fine in that Callas Met Lucia as well.  However, I think the 1980 Fledermaus referenced here was a bit late in the day for him.  The joke is that Rosalinda cannot resist Alfred's high C.  However, he didn't have anything approaching a C by that point.  I never blew the pitch pipe on whatever note he was singing in its place; I'm guessing it was within shouting (pardon the expression) distance of G.
 
I'm not sure the reasons for choosing items to appear or not appear on the Met centennial release had to do with musical accuracy.  I think the biggest musical blunder on entire telecast--certainly the only one that sticks with me almost 30 years later--was Dame Kiri's "Dove sono."  Toward the end, she fails to observe a repeat which the orchestra does observe.  I thought that would be the last item they would consider putting on a commercial release, and yet there it is, blunder and all (at least on the laserdisc version).  For those who may be interested, one of Mike Richter's CD-ROMs, I think one of his "WWW on a Disc" issues, contains the videos of all the items that were not included on the official release.  Somebody else will have to reveal which of Mike's CD-ROMs it was...  
 
Mike Leone
 
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 From: J L Speranza <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, December 19, 2011 8:20 PM
Subject: Re: Giuseppe Campora
 
There was a mention -- by I. Legray -- to G. C., so I thought I'd check  
with wiki -- as per below. Wiki is always reminding readers that 'enrichments' 
are welcomed. The good of it is that it puts the thing in perspective: his 
career. Cheers. Speranza

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Giuseppe Campora (Tortona, 30 settembre 1923 – Tortona, 5 dicembre 2004) è  
stato un tenore italiano, attivo dagli anni cinquanta ai settanta del XX  
secolo.

Considerato uno dei maggiori tenori pucciniani del suo tempo, ebbe successo 
in tutti i più importanti teatri italiani, tra i quali, ripetutamente, la 
Scala  (un ruolo fra tutti, Maurizio in "Adriana Lecouvreur" accanto a Magda 
Olivero  nel 1958).

Apparve inoltre al Metropolitan Opera di New York, dove, tra le  regolari 
presenze negli anni cinquanta e sessanta, nel 1956 fu accanto a Maria  Callas 
nella sua unica "Lucia" al Met di cui rimane un documento  audio.

La carriera, soprattutto quella americana, fu lunga, vedendo, ancora nel  
1973, il debutto alla New York City Opera in "Manon Lescaut" e nel 1980 alla 
San  Diego Opera ne "Il pipistrello", in un'edizione in qualche modo storica 
che vide  Joan Sutherland e Beverly Sills per l'unica volta insieme.

All'inizio degli anni 80 si ritirò dalle scene per ritornare nella sua  
città natale, dove si dedicò all'insegnamento.

Discografia 

Incisioni in studio 

La traviata, con Rosetta Noli, Carlo Tagliabue, dir. Umberto Berrettoni  - 
Remington/Preiser 1950

Madama Butterfly, con Renata Tebaldi, Giovanni Inghilleri, Nell Rankin,  
dir. Alberto Erede - Decca 1951

Tosca, con Renata Tebaldi, Enzo Mascherini, dir. Alberto Erede - Decca  1952

La Gioconda, con Anita Corridori, Anselmo Colzani, Miriam Pirazzini,  
Fernando Corena, dir. Armando La Rosa Parodi - Urania 1952

La forza del destino, con Adriana Guerrini, Anselmo Colzani, Giuseppe  
Modesti, dir. Armando La Rosa Parodi - Urania 1952

Simon Boccanegra, con Tito Gobbi, Boris Christoff, Victoria de los Angeles, 
dir. Gabriele Santini - HMV 1957

Francesca da Rimini (DVD), con Marcella Pobbe, Nicoletta Panni, Ugo  
Novelli, dir. Arturo Basile - video-RAI 1958 ed. House of Opera

Registrazioni dal vivo 

La traviata, con Renata Tebaldi, Enzo Mascherini, dir. Aberto Erede -  Roma 
1951 ed. SRO

La traviata, con Renata Tebaldi, Paolo Silveri, dir. Antonino Votto - Rio  
1951 ed. Lyric Distribution/Opera Lovers

Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra, con Maria Vitale, Lina Pagliughi, dir.  
Alfredo Simonetto - RAI-Milano 1953 ed. Arkadia/Melodram

La bohème, con Elena Rizzieri, Giuseppe Taddei, Renata Broilo, Italo Tajo,  
dir. Francesco Molinari Pradelli - dal vivo RAI-Milano 1954 ed. Opera  
Lovers

Lucia di Lammermoor, con Maria Callas, Enzo Sordello, Nicola Moscona, dir.  
Fausto Cleva - dal vivo Met 1956 ed. Melodram

Faust, con Dorothy Kirsten, Jerome Hines, Frank Guarrera, dir. Pierre  
Monteux - dal vivo Met 1956 ed. Lyric Distribution

Lodoletta, con Giuliana Tavolaccini, Giulio Fioravanti, Antonio Cassinelli, 
dir. Alberto Paoletti - RAI-Milano 1957 ed. Gala

La traviata, con Renata Tebaldi, Leonard Warren, dir. Fausto Cleva - Met  
1957 ed. Melodram

La traviata, con Victoria de los Angeles, Robert Merrill, dir. Fausto Cleva 
- Met 1958 ed. Bensar

La figlia del reggimento, con Anna Moffo, Giulio Fioravanti, Antonio  
Cassinelli, dir. Franco Mannino - RAI-Milano 1960 ed. Melodram

Beatrice di Tenda, con Joan Sutherland, Raina Kabaivanska, Dino Dondi, dir. 
Antonino Votto - La Scala 1961 ed. Cetra/Movimento Musica/Opera D'Oro

Caterina Cornaro, con Leyla Gencer, Giuseppe Taddei, Samuel Ramey, dir.  
Alfredo Silipigni - Newark 1973 ed. On Stage

Il pipistrello, con Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills, Alan Titus, Joseph  
Frank, dir. Richard Bonynge - San Diego 1980 ed. House of Opera

Collegamenti esterni 
Biografia su grandi-tenori.com


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