La Boheme  (Schippers;  Licia Albanese, Carlo Bergonzi, Mario Sereni, Laurel Hurley, Ezio Flagello) (2-Sony 88697 80463)
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La Boheme  (Schippers;  Licia Albanese, Carlo Bergonzi, Mario Sereni, Laurel Hurley, Ezio Flagello) (2-Sony 88697 80463)
OP2196. LA BOHEME, Live Performance, 15 Feb., 1958, w.Schippers Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Licia Albanese, Carlo Bergonzi, Mario Sereni, Laurel Hurley, Ezio Flagello, etc. 2-Sony 88697 80463. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 886978046321

CRITIC REVIEW:

"By the time [Carlo Bergonzi’s] long career ends, he will have attained a hallowed status among tenors, a singer often spoken of with the fondest nostalgia….Bergonzi, too, will be a frequent broadcast artist during his twenty-three seasons, and ever a welcome one. The same may be said for his Mimě, Licia Albanese. Artists of similar vocal resources and like artistic sensibilities are seldom mated in performances, and the union of Bergonzi and Albanese on this afternoon is cause for celebration….Albanese’s final act remains a masterpiece of vocal acting, its exquisite parlando effects set off by those seemingly simple but devastatingly exposed legato phrases which she delivers in light and lovely tones.”

- Paul Jackson, SIGN-OFF FOR THE OLD MET, pp.228 & 230