V0235. FRANCES ALDA: ALDA IN OPERA AND SONG - New Zealand's first international prima donna, incl. Songs by Rabey, Penn, Novello, Darewski, Brahe, Pai & Irving Berlin; Arias & Duets (w.Caruso, Martinelli & Journet) From La Wally, Madama Butterfly, Guillaume Tell, Carmen, Otello, Mefistofele, La Boheme, Il Trovatore & I Lombardi; ALDA & WALLY BUTTERWORTH Discuss, in 1949, how Caruso came to record 'Vecchia zimarra, from La Boheme. (New Zealand) National Library of New Zealand A9701, recorded 1910-28. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy!
“Alda’s is one of the few soprano voices which the acoustic recording process, to my ears, does not rob of its roundness and warmth, so that her technical prowess can be admired alongside, not despite, the sheer beauty and naturalness of the sound….With Alda, a Marchesi pupil, the great strength is the linking of the registers. Listening to these recordings, I cannot detect the place where chest and middle voice meet. The sweeping phrases of Mathilde’s aria have rarely been better embraced on record (and I would venture to say that there is no more perfect trill).”
- Richard Nicholson, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 1998