V0081. IRIS ADAMI-CORRADETTI: Songs by Fauré, Ravel, de Falla, Petrassi, Ghedini, Zandonai, Grieg & Stravinsky, 1954 & 1957 Performances; Arias from Madama Butterfly, Lodoletta & Francesca da Rimini, superb transfers from Corradetti's sensational 1940 Cetra rarities; Interview with the Artist, 1988. (Italy) Clama TimaClub 28; also featuring 40pp. Brochure, w.Biography, Chronology & Photos.
"If ever there were an artist to treasure it is Adami-Corradetti. She quickly conquered La Scala in the late twenties and reigned in the major Italian houses for two further decades. She not only excelled in both 'bel canto' and 'verismo' roles, but her consummate musicianship allowed her to create a number of new operas….she would be near the top of the list of singers I should want to hear."
- Larry Lustig, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2007
"It is a mistake to think that for verismo it is not necessary to have a solid base of bel canto. It is rather a question of learning how to express with more sensibility and dramatic power. Diction plays an essential part. One simply cannot put over a role without excellent diction. Toscanini taught me that one must respect what is written, within one’s own possibilities….[Singers of my time] knew how to squeeze out the juice of each characterization, and one left the theatre shaken by the depth of their involvement….You cannot go out and just sing….I knew the meaning of every word and its inflection, but this means work, work, and again work. Now, they want to earn the money, that’s all."
- Iris Adami Corradetti, THE LAST PRIMA DONNAS, pp.367-68