V2267. FIORENZA COSSOTTO, w.Sanzogno & de Fabritiis Cond.: BORIS GODUNOV (Marina), Live 1960 Performance, Teatro Comunale, Bologna; LA PIETRA DEL PARAGONE (Marchesina Clarice), Live 1959 Performance, Piccolo La Scala; Arias & Excerpts from Pizzetti’s IFIGENIA (Ifigenia), Live 1960 Performance, Venezia. (Portugal) 4-Gala 100.680, Live Performances, 1959 & 1960. - 8712177058822
“While best known for the fiery, scenery-chewing Verdi roles such as Azucena, Amneris, Lady Macbeth, and Eboli, Fiorenza Cossotto was also a prominent performer of bel canto parts such as Rosina in Rossini's BARBIERE, Leonora in LA FAVORITA, and Adalgisa in NORMA. Such large and powerful mezzo voices, particularly with a secure top, are rare compared to the lyric mezzo, and from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, she was the Verdi mezzo, the successor to Simionato and the predecessor to Zajick.
Cossotto made her operatic début as Sister Matilde in the world premiere of Poulenc's THE DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES in 1957. Her international début was at the 1958 Wexford Festival as Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti's ANNA BOLENA. Her Covent Garden début was in 1959 as Neris in Cherubini's MEDÉE, with Callas in the title rôle. A 1961 performance of the lead in LA FAVORITA at La Scala led to wider fame and she made her Chicago début in the same rôle in 1964 and as Amneris at the Met in 1968.”
- Anne Feeney, allmusic.com