OP03108. IL TABARRO, recorded 24 Nov., 1949, w.Baroni Cond. RAI Ensemble, Torino; Antenore Reali, Giuseppe Nessi, Clara Petrella, Ebe Ticozzi, etc. (Austria) Preiser 20002. Final Copy! - 717281200028
“Antenore Reali (1897-1960)) was a baritone active from 1921 until 1952 when he was forced to retire because of ill health. Even serious opera lovers may not have heard of him, but after listening to his recordings you will likely share my surprise at his obscurity. He may have gone relatively unnoticed for several reasons. His best years coincided with World War II and there were a lot of good Italian baritones active at the same time. While he appeared in all the major Italian houses, he never appeared in the Americas, and finally, he didn’t make very many recordings. Regardless of why he’s not better known, his voice is a big, beefy, dark baritone that is powerful in its upper register.”
- Neil Kurtzman
“Clara Petrella was an Italian operatic soprano, particularly associated with the Italian repertory, an outstanding singing-actress nicknamed the ’Duse of Singers’. She studied first with her sister Micaela, and later with Giannina Russ. She made her début in Alessandria, as Liù, in 1939. She quickly sang throughout Italy, making herLa Scala début in 1947, as Giorgetta in IL TABARRO, she sang there regularly until 1962. She was particularly admired in the verismo repertory and contemporary works. She created many roles in opera by Lodovico Rocca, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, and Renzo Rossellini.
Petrella had a beautiful spinto voice, combined with an explosive dramatic temperament, thus she was compared to the great Italian actress Eleonora Duse. In the early 1950s, she made several recordings with Cetra, notably MANON LESCAUT, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, IL TABARRO, L'AMORE DEI TRE RE, ZAZÀ, and for Decca she recorded PAGLIACCI. She also appeared on Italian television productions of MANON LESCAUT and IL TABARRO, in 1956.”
- Ned Ludd