OP2983. TURANDOT - Excerpts, (Complete, as recorded), Live Performance, 1937, Covent Garden, w.Barbirolli Cond.Royal Opera Ensemble; Eva Turner, Giovanni Martinelli, Mafalda Favero, Licia Albanese, etc. (U.K.) EMI 7610742. Transfers by Keith Hardwick. Very long out-of-print, excellent ever-so-slightly used copy! A truly legendary performance which so clearly demonstrates the unique qualities of the performers - qualities no longer heard. - 71469868
“Dame Eva Turner is likely to be the greatest opera singer England ever produced. Her dramatic soprano voice was, at the height of her career, without peer. Opera enthusiasts will of course argue about so hallowed a position as ‘the best’ whatever, but I do feel perfectly comfortable saying that hers was one of the greatest voices of the 20th century. Many concede first place to her among all the sopranos who ever dared tackle TURANDOT, and I would heartily concur....she was [not] the very first to sing the role [Rosa Raisa], but she did sing it the same year it was first produced – 1926 - and immediately claimed it as her own. There are of course other great Turandots whom others will champion, Birgit Nilsson being the leading contender.
Dame Eva sang small roles to begin with, but by 1924 her ringing and powerful voice had attracted the attention of no less a conductor than Arturo Toscanini, who engaged her for La Scala's production of the RING Cycle, in which she sang the roles of Sieglinde and Freia. She went on to sing in all the major opera houses, performing leading roles in LOHENGRIN, DIE MEISTERSINGER, TANNHÄUSER, SIEGFRIED, DIE WALKÜRE, TOSCA and AÏDA, all roles in which her dramatic voice served her well.”
- Edmund St. Austell
"[Favero] had a strikingly beautiful voice, somewhere between Tebaldi's mature lushness and Freni's youthful purity, but with a passion and commitment that her successors did not always demonstrate. Yet Favero was not consumed by a role, … la Olivero; rather, she brought emotion tempered by refinement to her interpretations...."
- Lee Milazzo, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 1995