OP2073. TOSCA, Live Performance, 21 Oct., 1959, Livorno, w.Parenti Cond. Teatro la Gran Guardia Ensemble;
Renata Tebaldi, Franco Corelli, Anselmo Colzani, etc. (E.U.) 2-Walhall 0311. [Please note the following caveat sent to us by a valued collector who bought this issue: 'Granted Tebaldi and Corelli are very good, Colzani is fair...but that annoying prompter ruins the entire disc'.] - 4035122653113
"I heard Tebaldi many times, as a standee at the old Metropolitan Opera House from the mid-1950s through the early 1960s, and I never stopped marveling at the sheer beauty of the voice, her ability to project a pianissimo throughout the auditorium so that even though the note was extraordinarily soft, it sounded as if she were standing right next to you. The plushness of tone was probably the most unique feature of her singing, and along with that an innate sense of the appropriate shape of the phrase she was singing.
Above all, there was that voice. It was immediately recognizable, distinctive, unlike any other. If you tuned in to a radio broadcast without hearing an announcement, two notes would be enough to identify the richly colored, luxurious sonority of the Tebaldi sound, a sound that caressed the ear and at the same time enveloped you. For many of us it was the sound that defined what an Italian soprano should be."
- Henry Fogel, FANFARE
"Vocal size and rugged style mark [Corelli] as an open-air tenor....The vibrancy of his timbre is unequaled among tenors, and often it holds a commendable warmth as well."
- Paul Jackson, SIGN-OFF FOR THE OLD MET, p.374
"Corelli was more often than not merely a tall man with a loud voice, buying audience favor with such childish coin as long-held top notes and, for variety, longer-held top notes. Given his physical advantages and the power of sound he commands, Corelli could make himself a painter - hero of the first rank, but this would take an alteration of attitude for which there is no reasonable hope."
- Irving Kolodin Review
"[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