OP0656. GIANNINA E BERNARDONE (Cimarosa), Broadcast Performance, 26 July, 1953, w.Nino Sanzogno Cond. RAI Ensemble, Milano; Sena Jurinac, Sesto Bruscantini, Gabriella Sciutti, etc. (Italy) 2-GOP 66.322. Very Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 8012719663225
“With her graceful bearing and a voice both rich and penetrating, Sena Jurinac was a star of the first generation of European singers to emerge after World War II. She made her début in Vienna on 1 May, 1945 — in the company’s first performance in a liberated Austria — as Cherubino in Mozart’s NOZZE DI FIGARO, a rôle she sang 129 times there. Though she made her first mark in Vienna, which became her artistic home, her radiant Mozart performances at the Glyndebourne Festival in the 1950s catapulted her to international stardom. She also made lauded appearances at the Salzburg and Bayreuth Festivals, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, La Scala in Milan and the San Francisco Opera.”
- Zachary Woolfe, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 26 Nov., 2011
“The Jurinac voice was capable of a gleaming fortissimo, but it also commanded a wide range of shadings of colour and dynamic. The top notes could be floated with an ethereal purity; the middle and lower registers had a very human warmth….The present release is particularly valuable in presenting her as a Lieder singer….Like such great Lieder singers as Rehkemper, Erb, Janssen, Lehmann or Schumann, Jurinac gives us unforgettable musical phrases….We owe her a great deal – and history has already judged her to be one of the immortal sopranos of the twentieth century.”
- Tully Potter
"Graziella Sciutti was a light coloratura soprano with a vivacious stage personality. Her voice was warm, secure, and quite alluring, and her diction was a model of clarity….It is no surprise that she’s best here in her Mozart roles."
- Kurt Moses, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, March/April, 2008