Tosca  (Peter Herman Adler;  Leontyne Price & David Poleri)   (Legato Classics LCD-233)
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Tosca  (Peter Herman Adler;  Leontyne Price & David Poleri)   (Legato Classics LCD-233)
OP0190. TOSCA (in English) - Excerpts, Live TV Performance, 23 Jan., 1955, w.Peter Herman Adler Cond. Leontyne Price, David Poleri, Josh Wheeler, Thomas Stewart, Emile Renan, etc. Legato Classics LCD-233. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 036674233123


“For a Verdi soprano, the parlando sections of the role of Tosca, particularly in Act I, can be quite tricky. [Price's] legato was breathtaking; her crystalline high notes not the standard stuff of Tosca's Act II outbursts. But though the onstage Price may not have been a match for some Met Toscas of the era - Callas, Rysanek, Albanese, etc. - the recorded Price is surprising. Her grasp of the requirements for the dialogue-driven Act I duet with Cavaradossi is admirable for a soprano with her vocal equipment. She works hard at tonal coloration and expression, and she succeeds wonderfully. In more lyrical passages, as expected, her singing is simply ravishing. Not only is 'Vissi d'arte' spun out in long phrases of great beauty and passion, so is Tosca's 'Ed io venivo' at the end of her Act I duet with Scarpia.”

- Ira Siff, OPERA NEWS, May, 2011

“Famously hot-tempered onstage and off, tenor David Poleri (1927–67) had his innings at City Opera and on television, as well as in Italy.”

- David Shengold, OPERA NEWS, Dec., 2011

“Poleri’s ringing Italian-style tenor…might even have gone on to a more important career had not his unpredictable behavior proved to be his undoing. Once, while singing CARMEN with the New York City Opera on tour in Chicago, the temperamental Poleri reached the final scene, dropped his knife, shouted ‘Finish it yourself!’ and marched off the stage, leaving a perplexed Carmen, Gloria Lane, to stab herself to death. After that, Poleri was not surprisingly viewed as a bad risk. The tenor did make a glorious sound, though, one that was prematurely silenced when he died in a helicopter crash in Hawaii.”

– Peter G. Davis, THE AMERICAN OPERA SINGER, p.454

"Thomas Stewart, was an American baritone who was renowned for his portrayals of Wotan, Amfortas and other central Wagnerian roles and who was heard frequently at Bayreuth and the Metropolitan Opera....his commanding quality came less from the size or mettle of his voice, which was surprisingly lyrical for a Wagner baritone, but from his imaginative approach to his roles. He gave his characters a measure of warmth and expressivity that made them seem complex and surprising."

- Allan Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 26 Sept., 2006