V0480. TANCREDI PASERO: Arias & Duets (w.Stignani, Merli & Vanelli) from I Puritani, La Sonnambula, La Favorita, Barbiere, Norma, La Gioconda, Ernani, Il Trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, Don Carlos, Faust, Aïda, La Boheme & Mefistofele. (Austria) Preiser 89114, recorded 1927-36. Final copy! - 717281891141
“Tancredi Pasero is a splendid bass of unique beauty. In my opinion, the tonal opulence makes it to one of the most exquisite basses to be heard on recordings. His voice impresses by its richness and the evenness of its quality from top to bottom of the wide range. Pasero added some baritone roles at the end of his career.
Pasero’s expression is not only distinguished by its lyrical qualities but also of great feeling and dignity. He avoids exhibiting the voice in any overt emotionalism. In this, he is an antipode to Nazzareno de Angelis.
He considered the beginning of his artistic life on 15 December, 1918 as Rodolfo in Bellini’s LA SONNAMBULA. Shortly afterwards he repeated the role at La Scala. Pasero’s illustrious and unusually long career was mostly centered in Italy. His main house was La Scala, where Arturo Toscanini engaged him for leading roles. He made guest appearances at Covent Garden, and also in Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Hamburg. He was a member of the Met from 1929 until 1933 where he appeared opposite an amazing number of glorious voices. In 1933 he enjoyed an enormous success at the Maggio Musicale in Florence in Spontini’s LA VESTALE opposite Rosa Ponselle. He often appeared at the Arena di Verona. In 1948 he sang at a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of Donizetti’s death, and in 1950 he appeared for the last time as Wotan in DIE WALKÜRE. Pasero’s most famous roles are Mosè, Sarastro, Don Basilio, Philip, Boris Godunov and Escamillo, as well as several important Wagner assumptions: King Heinrich, Gurnemanz, King Marke, Pogner and Hagen. He also participated in the world premières of several operas, among them Mascagni’s NERONE at La Scala and Pinzetti’s ORSEOLO in Florence.”
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile
"[Pasero] engraved into me something I have never forgotten: opera can be, and should be an exciting event, and if you like exciting bass voices - listen to Tancredi Pasero....give him some of your time - he is worth it, and you will not be disappointed."
- Joe Winstanley, CLASSIC RECORD COLLECTOR, Autumn, 2009
“Gino Vanelli has a very quick vibrato, like the bass Tancredi Pasero, and his version of ‘Suoni la tromba’ from I PURITANI with Pasero is a gramophone clasic.”
- David Cutler, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2014