V2281. FLAVIANO LABÒ, w.Previtali Cond.: Arias from Forza, Fedora, Tosca, Turandot & La Gioconda - recorded 1956; BRUNO PREVEDI, w.Edward Downes Cond.: Arias from Il Trovatore, Forza, Andrea Chénier, Cavalleria Rusticana, Tosca, La Fanciulla del West, Madama Butterfly, Fedora & Turandot - recorded 1964; GIANNI RAIMONDI, w.Martinotti Cond.: Arias from Tosca & La Fanciulla del West - recorded 1977. (E.U.) Decca 480 8162. - 028948081622
“Flaviano Labo was an Italian operatic tenor, particularly associated with heroic roles of the Italian repertory. Labo was born at Borgonovo, near Piacenza. While in the army, he came to the notice of the conductor Antonino Votto, and subsequently studied with Ettore Campogalliani in Parma, Renato Pastorino in Milan and Valentino Metti in Piacenza. He made his stage début at the Teatro Municipale in Piacenza, as Cavaradossi in TOSCA, in 1954. He quickly sang widely in Italy and various European opera houses, as well as in South America, before making his début on 29 November, 1957, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, as Alvaro in LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, where he sang thirteen roles in eight seasons. In 1959, he sang at the New York City Opera as Calaf in Puccini's TURANDOT (conducted by Julius Rudel) and Rodolfo in LA BOHEME. He also appeared at the San Francisco Opera, and the opera houses of Philadelphia, Houston, and New Orleans.
Other important débuts were at the Royal Opera House in London, and the Palais Garnier in Paris, both as Radames in AIDA in 1959. He first sang at La Scala in Milan, in the title role of DON CARLOS, in 1960. He appeared at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 1967, as Gualtiero in IL PIRATA, opposite Montserrat Caballé, and was a regular guest at the Verona Arena. He also made guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera, the Zürich Opera, the Teatro Nacional Sao Carlos in Lisbon, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
Labo was admired for his robust, typically Italianate voice, and his direct unaffected manner. He died in an automobile accident caused by fog in Milan at the age of 64.”
- Ned Ludd
“Bruno Prevedi was an Italian tenor, particularly associated with the Italian repertory. Prevedi studied in Mantua with Alberto Sorenisa, and in Milan with Vladimiro Badiali. He made his début as a baritone in 1958, as Tonio, but quickly retrained himself as a tenor, and made a second début in 1959, as Turiddu, again at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan.
He sang widely in Italy, and made his début at La Scala in 1962, in Pizzetti's DEBORA E JAELE. He also appeared in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, London and Buenos Aires. He sang the role of Pollione in NORMA in the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona during the winter season 1962-1963, then made his Metropolitan Opera début on 6 March, 1965 as Cavaradossi in TOSCA. During the following five seasons his roles included Alfredo, Manrico, Riccardo, Alvaro, Don Carlo, and Radamès.
Bruno Prevedi possessed an attractive spinto tenor voice with superb roundness at the top. He can be heard on a number of recordings for Decca, notably in complete performances of Verdi's NABUCCO, opposite Tito Gobbi and Elena Suliotis, in MACBETH, opposite Giuseppe Taddei and Birgit Nilsson, and MEDEA, opposite Gwyneth Jones, as well as a recital of tenor arias.”
“The Italian tenor Gianni Raimondi had a prestigious career lasting three decades. From 1956 to 1976 he sang frequently at La Scala, where his partner a number of times during the early years was Maria Callas. His voice, smooth and warm in tone with a good coloratura facility and very strong top notes, was ideal for 19th-century Italian opera from Rossini and Donizetti to Verdi and Puccini and he rarely sang anything outside that repertory, apart from a few French rôles and a couple of modern operas.”
- Lizbeth Forbes, THE INDEPENDENT (London), 27 Oct., 2008