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Subject: Re: Clara Petrella (was Mario Del Monaco as Des Grieux)
From: "Takis Pavl." <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Takis Pavl.
Date:Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:26:56 +0000

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Clara Petrella is only one of the sopranos EMI could have used for its verismo recordings in the 50s: Manon Lescaut, Boheme, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Butterfly, Turandot are all operas that could have been recorded with sopranos like Petrella who had the technique, style and voice for the demands of this music and were in fact performing these roles on stage around the time these recordings were made. Callas could and should have recorded bel canto instead. But rare bel canto operas were not good for the sales so the rest is history. Her interpretations are of course musical but vocally I would have preferred to have had studio recordings of other sopranos active at the time. Stella, Pobbe, Tucci, Gavazzi, De Cavalieri to name a few.   


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