Il Duca d'Alba  (Donizetti)  (Schippers;  Ivana Tosini, Renato Cioni, Luigi Quilico, Enzo Tei)   (2-Myto 00194)
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Il Duca d'Alba  (Donizetti)  (Schippers;  Ivana Tosini, Renato Cioni, Luigi Quilico, Enzo Tei)   (2-Myto 00194)
OP1915. IL DUCA D’ALBA (Donizetti), Live Performance, 11 June, 1959, Spoleto, w.Schippers Cond. Teatro Verdi di Trieste Ensemble; Ivana Tosini, Renato Cioni, Luigi Quilico, Enzo Tei, Wladimiro Ganzarolli, etc. (E.U.) 2–Myto 00194. - 8014399501941

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“Donizetti received the commission to write LE DUC D’ALBE for the Paris Opéra in the late 1830s, but the impresario, Léon Pillet, repeatedly delayed the project, and it was still uncompleted in the mid 1840s, when the composer succumbed to syphilis-induced insanity. The librettist, Eugène Scribe, successfully sued Pillet for damages, then cashed in again a decade later when he repurposed his work, transposed from Brussels to Sicily, for Verdi’s VÊPRES SICILIENNES. LE DUC D’ALBE got a second chance in 1882 as IL DUCA D’ALBA, translated into Italian and completed by Donizetti’s erstwhile pupil Matteo Salvi. That version got some exposure in the 1880s, then disappeared until a handful of revivals that started in the 1950s, most notably in a heavily cut 1959 production in Spoleto, Italy, conducted by Thomas Schippers and directed by Luchino Visconti.”

Fred Cohn, OPERA NEWS





“In 1956, as a result of winning an international voice contest organized by the Rome Opera, Renato Cioni made his stage début at Spoleto, as Edgardo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. Earlier that same year he had appeared as Pinkerton, in a television production of MADAMA BUTTERFLY, opposite another debutante, Anna Moffo. He quickly was in great demand as a leading tenor throughout Italy, making débuts in Rome, Naples, Palermo, Venice, Genoa, Trieste, Bologna, and Catania, etc. He made his La Scala début on 4 March 1961, as Pinkerton, under Gianandrea Gavazzeni. Soon he was also singing outside Italy, appearing in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and France. In 1959, Cioni made his American début at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, followed by a concert performance of IL DUCA D'ALBA at Carnegie Hall in New York, which he had also sung earlier that year at the Spoleto Festival. He made his début at the San Francisco Opera in 1961, as Edgardo, and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1970, as Pollione, opposite Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne. Cioni became widely known through his studio recordings of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and RIGOLETTO, opposite Joan Sutherland, in 1961. In 1964, he took part in two historical performances, first at Covent Garden, as Cavaradossi in TOSCA, opposite Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi, and then at La Scala, as Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA, opposite Anna Moffo and Mario Sereni, under Herbert von Karajan.”

- Ned Ludd