OP0343. PAGLIACCI, Live Performance, 24 April, 1956, w.Sanzogno Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Giuseppe di Stefano, Clara Petrella, Aldo Protti, Luigi Alva & Enzo Sordello. (Italy) Myto 061.H108. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 8014399501088
"Protti was born in Cremona. He studied in Parma, and made his debut in Pesaro, as Figaro, in 1948. He made his La Scala debut in 1950, as Amonasro, and sang there for many years. He sang widely in Italy and Europe in the standard Italian repertory, earning a reputation for being 'one of the most reliable baritones in the business'. He made a belated debut at the Metropolitan Opera, as Rigoletto, at age 65. He was particularly appreciated in Verdi roles, especially Rigoletto, his greatest role, but also as Alfio, Tonio, Gérard, Scarpia, etc."
- Zillah Akron Dorset
“Giuseppe di Stefano possessed an especially beautiful voice. It was impossible not to be moved; he truly had the sound of tears in his voice, without being over sentimental. His wonderful piano – and his stirring voice – moved his audience almost beyond endurance.”
- Birgit Nilsson, LA NILSSON, p.116
“…there is much amazingly gorgeous, heartfelt singing [from di Stefano] and a joy in performing. It can be pure unadulterated joy for a sometimes jaded reviewer to listen to...."
- Michael Mark, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2009
“Clara Petrella was an Italian operatic soprano, particularly associated with the Italian repertory, an outstanding singing-actress nicknamed the ’Duse of Singers’. She studied first with her sister Micaela, and later with Giannina Russ. She made her début in Alessandria, as Liù, in 1939. She quickly sang throughout Italy, making herLa Scala début in 1947, as Giorgetta in IL TABARRO, she sang there regularly until 1962. She was particularly admired in the verismo repertory and contemporary works. She created many roles in opera by Lodovico Rocca, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, and Renzo Rossellini.
Petrella had a beautiful spinto voice, combined with an explosive dramatic temperament, thus she was compared to the great Italian actress Eleonora Duse. In the early 1950s, she made several recordings with Cetra, notably MANON LESCAUT, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, IL TABARRO, L'AMORE DEI TRE RE, ZAZÀ, and for Decca she recorded PAGLIACCI. She also appeared on Italian television productions of MANON LESCAUT and IL TABARRO, in 1956.”
- Ned Ludd