La Traviata   (Molajoli;  Mercedes Capsir, Lionello Cecil, Carlo Galeffi)   (2-Naxos 8.11/110110/11)
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La Traviata   (Molajoli;  Mercedes Capsir, Lionello Cecil, Carlo Galeffi)   (2-Naxos 8.11/110110/11)
OP0455. LA TRAVIATA, recorded 1928, w.Molajoli Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Mercedes Capsir, Lionello Cecil, Carlo Galeffi, Giuseppe Nessi, Salvatore Baccaloni, etc.; MERCEDES CAPSIR: Solo recordings. (Canada) 2-Naxos 8.110110/11. Transfers by Ward Marston. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 636943111024


“Curiously, Mercedes Capsir was born in the same house where, 14 years earlier, Maria Barrientos had been born. She studied in Barcelona and Italy, making her début as Gilda in 1914 at the Teatro Principal in Gerona. She sang in Spain and Portugal until 1918 and appeared at the Teatro Colón in 1916. Her most important rôles were Lucia, Ophélie, Rosina, Gilda and Violetta. In 1919 she began her Italian career at Bologna and Florence, frequently appearing at Naples, Turin and Rome until 1943. She sang at La Scala from 1924 - 1934, taking also part in Giordano’s IL RE (1929). She often returned to Spain. She was heard in Berlin in 1924, at Covent Garden in 1926 and at the Vienna State Opera in 1935. Capsir retired from the stage in 1949, her final performance took place at the Liceo in Barcelona, as Carolina in IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO, she then turned to teaching.”

- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile

"The shadowy figure of Lorenzo Molajoli is a mystery in the annals of opera. Nothing seems to be known of his career other than that he conducted many recordings in the 1920's and 1930's, mostly for Columbia in Milan. From the evidence of those discs he was clearly a very competent musician, experienced at handling large orchestral and vocal forces - and yet where? What can be established is that he served with considerable distinction as the house conductor in Milan for Italian Columbia, recording complete operas and accompanying a large number of singers, in addition to making recordings of a number of operatic overtures. Molajoli conducted twenty complete or abridged operas for Columbia between 1928 and 1932.”

- Paul Campion