OP0241. STIFFELIO (Verdi), recorded 1968, w. Peter Maag Cond. Teatro Regio Ensemble, Parma; Gastone Limarelli, Angeles Gulin Dominguez, Walter Alberti, Beniamino Prior, etc. (Italy) 2-Nuova Era 2284/85, Slipcase Edition w. Elaborate Libretto-Booklet. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy!
"Maria de los Angeles Gulin Dominguez made her operatic debut in Montevideo in 1963, as the Queen of the Night in THE MAGIC FLUTE, as last minute replacement. She then returned to Europe where she sang mostly in Spain and Italy in roles such as Lucia, Gilda and Violetta. After winning the Busseto Verdian Voices Competition in 1968, she turned to more dramatic roles and specialized in early Verdi works. Gulin's repertoire included OBERTO, NABUCCO, I DUE FOSCARI, GIOVANNA D'ARCO, ATTILA, ALZIRA, IL CORSARO, LUISA MILLER, STIFFELIO, AROLDO, I VESPRI SICILIANI, SIMON BOCCANEGRA, UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, LA FORZA DEL DESTINO and AIDA. Her repertoire also included roles in Rossini's LA DONNA DEL LAGO, Bellini's BEATRICE DI TENDA and NORMA, Spontini's FERNAND CORTEZ, Meyerbeer's LES HUGUENOTS, Ponchielli's LA GIOCONDA, Rachmaninoff's FRANCESCA DA RIMINI, de Falla's LA VIDA BREVE, Giordano's ANDREA CHENIER and Puccini's TURANDOT
Gulin's voice was rich and large, but capable of agility. Her career was cut short in 1987 due to serious health problems. She died in Madrid. She was rediscovered through the appearance of several recordings of her live performances.
Beverly Sills, the acclaimed Brooklyn-born coloratura soprano who was more popular with the American public than any opera singer since Enrico Caruso.
Sills won the greatest reviews of her career [as Cleopatra in Handel's GIULIO CESARE, 1966, New York City Opera]. Critics praised her adroit handling of the music's florid fioratura, her perfect trills, her exquisite pianissimo singing and her rich sound.
Suddenly she was an opera super-star. In 1968 she had another enormous success in the title role of Massenetï¿½s MANON. When the production was revived the next year, the New Yorker critic Winthrop Sargent wrote: 'If I were recommending the wonders of New York City to a tourist, I should place Beverly Sills as Manon at the top of the list'."
- Anthony Tommasini, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 4 July, 2007
“Limarelli studied in Pesaro with the master Arturo Melocchi, to whom he had been sent by Mario Del Monaco, his first teacher and in turn a pupil of the master Melocchi. He debuted in 1959 at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan as Canio in PAGLIACCI, followed by his early debut at the Teatro alla Scala on December 23, 1959 in Ildebrando Pizzetti's FEDRA. He performed on the main Italian stages and in some prestigious international theaters, including Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper and the Monte Carlo Opera House. His frequent presence in the summer arenas was also important, such as the Arena of Verona, the Sferisterio of Macerata and the Baths of Caracalla, for which the voice was particularly suitable. His repertoire included about fifty titles, with a prevalence of those of Verdi and Puccini, for which it is best known. He also interpreted the repertoire of contemporary opera, as well as Pizzetti by composers such as Franco Alfano and Ennio Porrino. He was endowed with a clear and timbred voice of a high lyric tenor, with great ease and ringing, above all in the high register.”