OP0142. ERNANI, Live Performance, w.Molinari-Pradelli Cond. Teatro Verdi di Trieste Ensemble; Mara Zampieri, Giorgio Merighi, Piero Cappuccilli, Agostino Ferrin, etc.; Mara Zampieri: Giovanna d’Arco – Excerpts. (Croatia) 2-Myto MCD 041.288. Long out-of-print, final copies! - 068974502881
“Though Piero Cappuccilli never achieved international stardom, he was enormously admired within the field of opera for his rich and abundant voice, fine vocal technique and exceptional breath control. In the great Italian tradition he fused words and music into elegant phrases. He focused on Italian repertory, particularly the operas of Verdi, singing 17 major rôles. Some critics found his full-voiced singing blunt and burly. And in striving for expressive restraint, he could sometimes come across as stiff. But at his best, with his handsome physique and vocal authority, he made a powerful impact onstage.
In 1960, just three years into his professional career, he was tapped by the producer Walter Legge to sing the rôle of Enrico in a recording of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, starring Maria Callas and conducted by Tullio Serafin. That EMI work remains a classic. In the mid-1970's, Claudio Abbado chose him for the title rôles in Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA and MACBETH at La Scala. These productions led to studio recordings that remain prized by opera buffs.”
- Anthony Tommasini, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 21 July, 2005
“Mara Zampieri began her career with performances at the major theatres in Rome, Trieste, Palermo, Naples, Bologna, Catania, and Milan, where she appeared at the Teatro alla Scala in IL TROVATORE, DON CARLO, I MASNADIERI, IL BALLO IN MASCHERA and in 1991 in LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST with Plácido Domingo. Since 1976 she has appeared at the opera houses of Europe: London. Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Brussels, Paris, Lisbon, Zürich, Madrid, Barcelona and Vienna. She has sung in San Francisco, New York, San Paulo, Buenos Aires and Tokyo. She lent her voice to the parts of Teresa Stolz in the film LA VITA DI VERDI by Castellani, and Ildebranda Cuffari in the film E LA NAVE VA by Federico Fellini. In 2003 she inaugurated the Festival do Estoril in Lisbon and the Symphonic Season in Prague (Smetana Saal) with two concerts dedicated to Hector Berlioz on the bicentenary of his birth.”
-Zillah D. Akron