OP0208. LA GIOCONDA, recorded 1952, w.La Rosa Parodi Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Anita Corridori, Giuseppe Campora, Anselmo Colzani, Miriam Pirazzini, Fernando Corena, etc. (Austria) 2-Preiser 20034. Final Copy! - 717281200349
“[Campora] had a true lyric spinto voice, a fine stage presence, and excellent technique, so it is surprising that he was never really ranked with the top tenors of his time….he sings with some sensitivity and a varied dynamic range.”
- Vivian A. Liff, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2007
"Born in Tortona, Italy, on 30 September 1923, tenor Giuseppe Campora made his professional operatic début when stepping in on short notice for Galiano Masini in 1949 at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari as Rodolfo in Puccini's LA BOHEME. Shortly after, in 1951, he was wanted by Toscanini for La Scala in a performance of Cilea's ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, opposite star soprano Renata Tebaldi. The performance set the pace for his rapidly ascending international reputation, marked by his efforts in the filmatization of AïDA in 1951 with Sophia Loren in the title rôle, where Campora sang the tenor voice and Renata Tebaldi the soprano parts.
The following year he visited the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro as well as taking part in the La Scala premiere of Lodovico Roccas L'URAGANO in 1952 and the 1954 première at the Teatro San Carlo of Napoli in I PESCATORI by Jacopo Napoli. He débuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Rodolfo in LA BOHEME, where he came to be one of Rudolf Bing's favourite tenors, and enjoyed popularity with the house during the '50s. He was the featured tenor for Maria Callas' Met début in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR."
- Loyal Bluto
"[Colzani] may never have quite entered the pantheon of great Italian baritones, but Anselmo Colzani was never that far off. He also had to contend with an era in which the likes of Tito Gobbi, Ettore Bastianini and Giuseppe Taddei bestrode the world’s opera stages….He was in demand internationally too, making his Metropolitan Opera début in 1960, where he played Simon Boccanegra. There was a great deal of pressure on the new arrival, as the Met’s favourite baritone, Leonard Warren, had died weeks before. If Colzani never became the next Warren, he did become a Met regular. He sang 272 performances there over the next 16 seasons."
- James Inverne, GRAMOPHONE, June, 2006