OP0042. LA TRAVIATA, w.Previtali Cond. Rome Opera Ensemble; Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill, etc. 2-RCA Living Stereo 68885, recorded 1960. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 090266888528
"Soprano Anna Moffo was born in Pennsylvania in 1932 of Italian parents. After a period at the Curtis Institute, she went back to her ancestral homeland to study in Perugia and Rome. She made her début in 1955 at Spoleto, as Norina in DON PASQUALE, but her big break came when she starred as Cio-Cio-San in MADAMA BUTTERFLY in a production broadcast on RAI. She became an overnight celebrity, with performances at Salzburg, Vienna, La Scala, and Naples, performing with Callas, di Stefano and Panerai, and making recordings with Karajan. She made her Met début in 1959 as Violetta, one of her signature roles.
Moffo was one of the most attractive of the post-war sopranos, and resisted attempts to lure her to Hollywood. Her singing was unblemished with mannerisms, and she had superb gifts as a linguist."
-Zillah D. Akron
"...for some thirty years, until his sudden death in 1975, Tucker's vocal security, boundless energy, unceasing enthusiasm, and thorough professionalism ensured a level of popularity that necessitated comparisons to some of his greatest predecessors....Tucker sang thrillingly and delivered the goods, communicating his own joy in singing to all who would listen...."
- Marc Mandel, FANFARE, May/June, 1997