Tosca   (Cleva;  Callas, Corelli, Gobbi, Velis)   (2-Melodram 26030)
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Tosca   (Cleva;  Callas, Corelli, Gobbi, Velis)   (2-Melodram 26030)
OP1572. TOSCA, Live Performance, 19 March, 1965 (not a broadcast), w.Cleva Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Maria Callas, Franco Corelli, Tito Gobbi, Clifford Harvuot, Andrea Velis, etc. [in very compromised sound quality]; TOSCA - Excerpts, Live Performance, 19 Dec., 1958, Paris, w.Sebastian Cond. Maria Callas & Tito Gobbi. (Austria) 2-Melodram 26030. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 8014486060306

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“On the occasion of [Callas’] return to America, the fuss verged on hystreria. The atmosphere…is electric from the first note of music. Her entrance is met by a roar that suspends the performance for minutes. When she is finally allowed to sing, her voice is compact but used rather sparingly at first; one can imagine the tenseness and pressure of the occasion for her….Yet, however limited the means, her voice still conveys the theatre of Puccini as few others have done.”

- John Ardoin, THE CALLAS LEGACY, p.191



“1958 came to a close for Callas with her début in Paris, her future home, at this gala Légion d’honneur concert carried live throughout Europe on television….The concert part of the evening finished, Callas returned for a staged performance of TOSCA’s pivotal act. This united her for the first time on stage with Gobbi’s Scarpia.”

- John Ardoin, THE CALLAS LEGACY, pp.147-48



"Gobbi was an excellent actor, had a high degree of musicianship and intelligence, had a flexible, rich, but not large baritone voice, and was at home in a wide variety of parts. He also appeared in 26 movies. He was the brother-in-law of another eminent singer, Boris Christoff. Gobbi retired from the operatic stage in 1979. He published an autobiography (TITO GOBBI: MY LIFE, 1979) and TITO GOBBI AND HIS WORLD OF ITALIAN OPERA (1984). He left a significant legacy of recorded performances, mainly made in the 1950s and 1960s.”

- Joseph Stevenson, allmusic.com