OP2447. NORMA , Live Performance, 8 Nov., 1952, w.Gui Cond. Royal Opera House Ensemble; Maria Callas, Ebe Stignani, Mirto Picchi, Giacomo Vaghi, Joan Sutherland, etc. (E.U.) 2-Myto 00308. - 801439903081
"This performance captures Callas' début before one of her most loyal and understanding publics. It also contains a singer at the outset of her career who was to become the most prominent figure in the bel canto repertoire after Callas - Joan Sutherland....Her Adalgisa is the vereran mezzo-soprano Ebe Stignani, who had sung opposite Gina Cigna in the first complete recording of NORMA in 1937. "
- John Ardoin, THE CALLAS LEGACY, p.57
“Short in stature and by no means slender, mezzo-soprano Ebe Stignani was a paragon among twentieth-century singers in her vocal range, a compass sweeping from low F to a shining high C of a quality and power many dramatic sopranos envied. Although she herself admitted to being no actress, her stage appearances carried enormous force through her singing alone. Her career was born in an age of other great mezzos and extended nearly three decades into the prime years of Giulietta Simionato, Elena Nicolai, and Fedora Barbieri. She recorded often, preserving several of her most celebrated roles in complete performances.”
- Erik Eriksson, allmusic.com
“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).”
- Loyal Bluto