OP2187. LA GIOCONDA, Live Performance, 28 July, 1960, w.Cillario Cond. Teatro Colon Ensemble; Lucille Udovich, Flaviano Labò, Aldo Protti, Mignon Dunn, Norman Scott, etc.; Antonietta Stella & Flaviano Labò: Madama Butterfly - Excerpts. (E.U.) 3-Walhall 0337. - 4035122653373
"Udovich was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in California. She appeared in a series of concerts around Milan, and then moved to Rome, where she remained for the rest of her life. Beniamino Gigli invited her to perform with him in one of his last concert tours in Italy. Udovich made her opera debut in Spontini's AGNESE DI HOHENSTAUFEN [above] in 1954 at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with Franco Corelli and Giangiacomo Guelfi, conducted by Vittorio Gui. She inaugurated a second festival with ANTIGONE by the baroque composer Tommaso Traetta. She made other appearances with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Bartok's BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE, in Verdi's REQUIEM, and Rossini's PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE; and with the RAI Orchestra in PETER GRIMES and Britten's WAR REQUIEM, and Schonberg's GURRE-LIEDER. Udovich performed in the Rome Opera, Comunale of Florence, Fenice of Venice, and the San Carlo of Naples. At the Glyndebourne Festival Opera she sang Elettra in Mozart's IDOMENEO. She was invited to Torre del Lago for the 100th anniversary of Puccini. She is best remembered for a TURANDOT with Franco Corelli telecast by RAI in 1958. Her career was halted because of back problems she had encountered. She died in Rome, aged 69."
- Z. D. Akron
"Flaviano Labò was an Italian operatic tenor, particularly associated with heroic roles of the Italian repertory. Labo was born at Borgonovo, near Piacenza. While in the army, he came to the notice of the conductor Antonino Votto, and subsequently studied with Ettore Campogalliani in Parma, Renato Pastorino in Milan and Valentino Metti in Piacenza. He made his stage debut at the Teatro Municipale in Piacenza, as Cavaradossi in TOSCA, in 1954. He quickly sang widely in Italy and various European opera houses, as well as in South America, before making his debut on 29 November, 1957, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, as Alvaro in LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, where he sang thirteen roles in eight seasons. In 1959, he sang at the New York City Opera as Calaf in Puccini's TURANDOT (conducted by Julius Rudel) and Rodolfo in LA BOHEME. He also appeared at the San Francisco Opera, and the opera houses of Philadelphia, Houston, and New Orleans.
Other important debuts were at the Royal Opera House in London, and the Palais Garnier in Paris, both as Radames in AIDA in 1959. He first sang at La Scala in Milan, in the title role of DON CARLOS, in 1960. He appeared at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 1967, as Gualtiero in IL PIRATA, opposite Montserrat CaballÃ©, and was a regular guest at the Verona Arena. He also made guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera, the Zurich Opera, the Teatro Nacional Sao Carlos in Lisbon, and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
Labò was admired for his robust, typically Italianate voice, and his direct unaffected manner. He died in an automobile accident caused by fog in Milan at the age of 64."
- Ned Ludd
"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