V1679. GIANNINA RUSS: The Art of Giannina Russ, incl Arias & Duets (w.Magini-Colletti, Blanchart, Corradetti & Garbin) from Nozze, Amica, Norma, L’Africaine, Aïda, Siberia, Carmen, La Gioconda, La Boheme, Cavalleria, Madama Butterfly, Mefistofele, Fedora, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Ernani & Don Carlos. (England) The Record Collector TRC 29. Available in limited edition of 500 copies which will not be repressed.
“Norma became one of Russ’ most frequently performed and acclaimed roles. ‘Casta diva’, included here, receives a worthy performance. The attractive, silvery shimmer on the voice suits this moonlit aria, whilst the poised vocal line and accurately executed downward scales demonstrate a skilled florid technique. A further instance of this is even more masterfully revealed in Meyerbeer’s L’AFRICAINE where the concluding bars offer a technical agility and trill that would be the envy of many coloratura sopranos. Russ has the ability to lighten her tone for such passages and thus is able easily to encompass roles almost throughout the entire soprano repertoire.….Worth singling out is a quite magnificent ‘Voi lo sapete’ from CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA – a truly heartfelt and radiantly sung version, which almost takes this music to a higher plane. Transfers have been splendidly effected with the voice ringing out clearly with great presence. Excellent biographical notes plus perceptive comments on the recordings from Alan Bilgora further enhance this fine issue.”
- Vivian Liff, CLASSICAL RECORDINGS QUARTERLY, Autumn, 2010
“Her voice, of marvelous timbre and silvery brightness, homogeneous and resonant in every register, was emitted with a fluidity and lightness truly ‘belcantistic’.... probably the only Italian singer in the first twenty years of the 20th century who succeeded in expressing completely the old formula of the ‘soprano drammatico d’agilità’.”
- Rodolfo Celletti
“Russ studied piano and voice at the Milan Music Conservatory with Leoni. She made her début in Bologna, as Mimi, in 1903, at La Scala in 1905, as Aïda, and in Florence in 1908, as Norma. She was quickly invited abroad, making début in 1904 at both the Royal Opera House in London, and the Monte Carlo Opera, also appearing at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and the Manhattan Opera in New York, in 1907. Russ performed in a wide range of rôles, from bel canto to verismo.
She possessed a beautiful and grand voice and a strong dramatic temperament, and after retirement she became a respected voice teacher, amongst her pupils were Margherita Grandi and Clara Petrella.”
-Zillah Dorset Akron