OP1555. MANON LESCAUT, recorded 10-17 Oct., 1956, w.Questa Cond. RAI Ensemble, Milano; Clara Petrella, Giacinto Prandelli, Enzo Sordello, etc. (Italy) 2-GOP 66.379. - 8012719663799
“Clara Petrella, the ‘Duse of Singers’, was born in a musical family, she was a descendant of composer Errico Petrella, and the niece of soprano Oliva Petrella. She studied first with her sister Micaela, and later with Giannina Russ. She made her début in Alessandria, as Liu, in 1939. She sang throughout Italy, making her début at La Scala in 1947, as Giorgetta, she sang there regularly until 1962. She was particularly admired in the verismo repertory and contemporary works. She created many rôles in opera by the following composers; Lodovico Rocca, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, and Renzo Rossellini.
Petrella had a beautiful spinto voice, combined with an explosive dramatic temperament, 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 and ZAZÀ, and for Decca, she recorded PAGLIACCI. She also appeared on Italian television productions of MANON LESCAUT and IL TABARRO, in 1956.”
"There is much to be said for [Prandelli’s] musical sensitivity, fine phrasing, some lovely pianissimo singing, and attention to the text. His slightly nasal, bright, forward voice is ideal for the repertoire where he excelled – the basic romantic, mainly Italian operas."
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/Aug., 2007
“Enzo Sordello born in Pievebovigliana, he went on to study at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Turin and privately with Carlo Tagliabue. In 1952, he won the International Competition organized by the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and began appearing there in small roles. He first won recognition when he sang the role of Cinno in Spontini's LA VESTALE, opposite Maria Callas, in a production by Luchino Visconti. This led to his Metropolitan Opera début in 1956, as Marcello in LA BOHÈME, followed by Malatesta in DON PASQUALE. He also sang Enrico in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, opposite Maria Callas who had him fired after the performance for holding a note longer than hers.
He went on singing at most of the major opera houses of the world, notably, the Vienna State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Teatro Colón, as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival and Bregenz Festival. His sang in a wide variety of roles of the Italian and French repertoire, from baroque to contemporary works, but with a particular predilection for Figaro in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and the title-role in RIGOLETTO.
In 1961, he sang Fillipo in BEATRICE DI TENDA in a concert version by the American Opera Society in New York City, opposite Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne.
Sordello retired from the stage in 1982. He lived in Roccavione where he died on 15 April, 2008.”