OP0198. FRANCESCA DA RIMINI (Zandonai), Live Performance, 15 March, 1976, w.Santi Cond. NRDF Ensemble; Ilva Ligabue, Ruggiero Bondino, Aldo Protti, etc.; I Masnadieri – Excerpts, Live Performance, 3 Dec., 1972, w.Gavazzeni Cond. Rome Opera Ensemble; Ilva Ligabue, Boris Christoff & Renato Bruson. (Portugal) 2-Gala 100.726. Final copy! - 8712177045099
“After singing with success at most of the Italian opera houses, Ilva Ligabue won considerable acclaim in the lead rôle of BEATRICE DI TENDA at La Scala in 1961, followed by Margherita in Boito's MEFISTOFELE.
She then began appearing abroad, notably in Germany, also singing at the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, and became a regular guest artist at the Glyndebourne Festival and the Aix-en-Provence Festival, where she was especially admired as Fiordiligi in COSI FAN TUTTE. She also appeared in Buenos Aires, Chicago and New York.
A sensitive and intelligent singer and a fine actress, other notable rôles included Amelia in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA and Desdemona in OTELLO.
Protti was born in Cremona. He studied in Parma, and made his début in Pesaro, as Figaro, in 1948. He made his La Scala début in 1950, as Amonasro, and sang there for many years. He sang widely in Italy and Europe in the standard Italian repertory, earning a reputation for being ‘one of the most reliable baritones in the business’. He made a belated début at the Metropolitan Opera, as Rigoletto, at age 65. He was particularly appreciated in Verdi rôles, especially Rigoletto, his greatest rôle, but also as Alfio, Tonio, Gérard, Scarpia, etc.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron