OP0004. LA TRAVIATA, Live Performance, 17 July, 1951, México City, w.de Fabritiis Cond. Palacio de las Bellas Artes; Maria Callas, Cesare Valletti, Giuseppe Taddei, etc. (E.U.) 2-Myto 00134. - 8014399501347
"If any singer and any role were fated to come together, it was Callas and Violetta. Her portrayal was only six months old at this performance…and [this recording] shows Callas’ identity with the part and her understanding of and response to its myriad emotional inflections were ingrained from the start….Like Callas’ Violetta, Cesare Valletti’s Alfredo…is an Alfredo worthy of such a Violetta."
- John Ardoin, THE CALLAS LEGACY, pp.32 & 36
“As one of the younger tenors to emerge soon after World War II, it was obvious that Valletti was an artist whose reputation would be made based on artistic and musical considerations….His musicianship and vocal colour made him an ideal interpreter of Mozart rôles, and like Schipa [his mentor], he became a renowned Werther with sensitivity and nuance being the key to his interpretation….he was considered a lyric tenor of the front rank.”
- Alan Bilgora, program notes to Pearl’s THE CETRA TENORS
"Taddei is splendid, one of Italy’s greatest baritones, with a voice rich and powerful as well as gorgeous…..What a pity Taddei never had a major career at the Met….His great Verdi singing and acting at age 69 [while at the Met] would put many baritones half his age to shame.”
- Michael Mark, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2012