OP0258. LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, recorded 1933, w.Molajoli Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Mercedes Capsir, Enzo de Muro Lomanto, Enrico Molinari, Salvatore Baccaloni, etc.; ENZO DE MURO LOMANTO: Operatic Arias. (Italy) 2-Myto 942.99. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 8014399000994
"Curiously, Mercedes Capsir was born in the same house where, 14 years earlier, Maria Barrientos had been born. She studied in Barcelona and Italy, making her début as Gilda in 1914 at the Teatro Principal in Gerona. She sang in Spain and Portugal until 1918 and appeared at the Teatro Col in 1916. Her most important res were Lucia, Ophélie, Rosina, Gilda and Violetta. In 1919 she began her Italian career at Bologna and Florence, frequently appearing at Naples, Turin and Rome until 1943. She sang at La Scala from 1924 - 1934, taking also part in Giordano's IL RE (1929). She often returned to Spain. She was heard in Berlin in 1924, at Covent Garden in 1926 and at the Vienna State Opera in 1935. Capsir retired from the stage in 1949, her final performance took place at the Liceo in Barcelona, as Carolina in IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO, she then turned to teaching."
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile
“De Muro Lomanto, as always, is fascinating….[his] vocal control and use of chiaroscuro always suggest that, as rumoured, he did take some lessons from de Lucia.”
- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2010
“If [de Muro Lomanto’s] style and voice remind me of anyone, it’s Ferruccio Tagliavini, though at his best he approaches Léopold Simoneau and Cesare Valletti. I imagine you have already guessed (if you were unfamiliar with him, as most people are) that he possessed a light, flexible voice and had a caressing way with the music he sang.”
- James Miller, FANFARE, May/June, 2003
"LORENZO MOLAJOLI was born, probably in Rome, in 1868. His life is surprisingly little documented, but he studied with De Sanctis and Falchi at the Santa Cecilia music school and in 1891 began a career that led to appearances in South and Central America, South Africa and major Italian opera houses. Between the wars he conducted at La Scala, Milan, where he also worked with Italian Columbia on several complete opera recordings, some being ‘world first� versions. His performances of LA TRAVIATA, ANDREA CHÉNIER, LA GIOCONDA and IL TROVATORE have been re-issued by Naxos. Molajoli died in Milan in 1939."