V2531. MARIO FILIPPESCHI: Verdi Arias & Duets (w.Caterina Mancini, Gianna d'Angelo, Giulietta Simionato & Gian Giacomo Guelfi) from Simon Boccanegra, I Vespri Siciliani, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Forza, Aïda & Otello. (France) Malibran AMR 136, recorded 1946-56, Live Performances from Milano, Rome, Caracas, Naples & Mexico, plus 1 film excerpt.
“Filippeschi began singing lessons at twenty-three and continued studies for a further seven years, only making a small town debut in 1937. Success was fortunately not long in arriving though somewhat serendipitous. Word of mouth led to increasingly important engagements and by the early to mid-1940's he was singing in Rome and on tour. La Scala beckoned after the War’s end and record companies paid him increasing attention – many will know him best from his NORMA with Callas. Nevertheless he was not seduced by the prospect of radically upgrading his repertoire to meet international opportunities; he deliberately kept it small but retained works that he knew suited the voice. He retired in 1961, still only in his mid-fifties, and ran an antiques shop.
A most handsome chap with plainly a fine constitution, Filippeschi made numerous recordings. His colleagues and admirers held him in the highest respect. As Lauri-Volpi wrote to him in 1978 – ‘Today you would be the King of Tenors’.”
- Jonathan Woolf, musicweb-international