OP2173. FRANCESCA DA RIMINI, Live Performance, 6 Nov., 1958, w.Sanzogno Cond. RAI Ensemble, Roma; Ilva Ligabue, Mirto Picchi, Aldo Protti, etc. (E.U.) 2-Myto 00260. - 0801439902602
“After singing with success at most of the Italian opera houses, Ilva Ligabue won considerable acclaim in the lead rôle of BEATRICE DI TENDA at La Scala in 1961, followed by Margherita in Boito's MEFISTOFELE.
She then began appearing abroad, notably in Germany, also singing at the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, and became a regular guest artist at the Glyndebourne Festival and the Aix-en-Provence Festival, where she was especially admired as Fiordiligi in COSI FAN TUTTE. She also appeared in Buenos Aires, Chicago and New York.
A sensitive and intelligent singer and a fine actress, other notable rôles included Amelia in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA and Desdemona in OTELLO.
Mirto Picchi was an Italian dramatic tenor, particularly associated with the Italian repertory, and with contemporary works. Picchi studied in Milan with Giulia Tess and Giuseppe Armani, and made his début there as Radamès in AÏDA, in 1946. One of the leading tenors of the post-war period, he had a fine voice and was an accomplished singing-actor. He retired from the stage in 1974 (Don Basilio in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, at La Scala).
Protti was born in Cremona. He studied in Parma, and made his début in Pesaro, as Figaro, in 1948. He made his La Scala début in 1950, as Amonasro, and sang there for many years. He sang widely in Italy and Europe in the standard Italian repertory, earning a reputation for being ‘one of the most reliable baritones in the business’. He made a belated début at the Metropolitan Opera, as Rigoletto, at age 65. He was particularly appreciated in Verdi rôles, especially Rigoletto, his greatest rôle, but also as Alfio, Tonio, Gérard, Scarpia, etc.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron