Norma  (Gavazzeni;  Ross, del Monaco, Cossotto, Vinco)  (2-Bella Voce BLV 107.214)
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Norma  (Gavazzeni;  Ross, del Monaco, Cossotto, Vinco)  (2-Bella Voce BLV 107.214)
OP0263. NORMA, Live Performance, Berlin, 1968, w.Gavazzeni Cond. Teatro la Fenice Ensemble; Elinor Ross, Fiorenza Cossotto, Mario del Monaco, Ivo Vinco, etc. (Portugal) 2-Bella Voce BLV 107.214. Long out-of-print, Final ever-so-slightly used copy! - 8712177023776

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“Elinor Ross is a dramatic soprano particularly associated with the Italian repertory. She made her début with the Cincinnati Opera in 1958, as Leonora in IL TROVATORE, opposite Jussi Björling, Giulietta Simionato and Ettore Bastianini. She went on singing at the opera houses of Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Francisco, New Orleans, Houston, Hartford, etc. In 1968, she appeared at Carnegie Hall in the American premiere of Verdi's ALZIRA, and made her début at the Metropolitan Opera in 1970, in the title role of Puccini's TURANDOT. Ross also enjoyed a successful international career, appearing at La Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, the opera houses of Bologna, Palermo, Florence, Verona, the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, etc. Her repertoire included roles such as Abigaille, Lady Macbeth, Amelia, Leonora, Elisabetta, Aida, Gioconda, Santuzza, Maddalena, Tosca, Donna Anna, Medea, Norma, etc. Ross was forced into retirement in 1979 due to illness.”

- Wikipedia



“While best known for the fiery, scenery-chewing Verdi roles such as Azucena, Amneris, Lady Macbeth, and Eboli, Fiorenza Cossotto was also a prominent performer of bel canto parts such as Rosina in Rossini's BARBIERE, Leonora in LA FAVORITA, and Adalgisa in NORMA. Such large and powerful mezzo voices, particularly with a secure top, are rare compared to the lyric mezzo, and from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, she was THE Verdi mezzo, the successor to Simionato and the predecessor to Zajick.”

- Anne Feeney, allmusic.com