V1403. GINO PENNO: Arias from Aroldo, Attila, Norma, Simon Boccanegra, Il Trovatore, Aïda & Forza;
GIUSEPPE CAMPORA: Arias & Duets (w.Noli & Galli) from Rigoletto, Aïda, La Traviata, La Gioconda, La Boheme & Madama Butterfly. (Italy) Bongiovanni 1207, recorded 1951-54. Final Copy! - 8007068120727
“In the early 1950s, Gino Penno became known throughout Italy as a highly competent heldentenor singing Siegfried at the Verona Arena and Lohengrin in Rome. He also partnered Maria Callas in Norma, Macbeth, Il Trovatore, and Medea, in various theatres in Italy
In 1951, his career took an international turn. He appeared at the Paris Opéra, the Liceo in Barcelona, the Monte Carlo Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Royal Opera House in London.
He was very highly thought of both for his musicianship and his reportedly enormous voice, of magnificent quality.”
- Henry Fogel, FANFARE
“Gino Penno, who sang at the Met between 1954 and 1956, seems better suited to the urgency and desperation of Gabriele Adorno’s scena from SIMON BOCCANEGRA, ‘Sento avvampar nell’anima’. Giuseppe Campora is revealing a voice at once sturdy and supple, always at the service of his high-level musicianship and dramatic sensitivity. In a Met career that spanned 1955 to 1965, he partnered both Lily Pons and Maria Callas in a run of 1956 LUCIAs and the following year sang performances of LA TRAVIATA with Tebaldi and Leonard Warren. In every aria, Campora’s beautiful legato allows plenty of play for rhythmic details, dotted notes and word accents, and his musical intelligence and dramatic instincts are superb.”
- Judith Malafronte, OPERA NEWS, June, 2015
“[Campora] had a true lyric spinto voice, a fine stage presence, and excellent technique, so it is surprising that he was never really ranked with the top tenors of his time….he sings with some sensitivity and a varied dynamic range.”
- Vivian A. Liff, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2007
"Born in Tortona, Italy, on 30 September 1923, tenor Giuseppe Campora made his professional operatic début when stepping in on short notice for Galiano Masini in 1949 at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari as Rodolfo in Puccini's LA BOHEME. Shortly after, in 1951, he was wanted by Toscanini for La Scala in a performance of Cilea's ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, opposite star soprano Renata Tebaldi. The performance set the pace for his rapidly ascending international reputation, marked by his efforts in the filmatization of AïDA in 1951 with Sophia Loren in the title rôle, where Campora sang the tenor voice and Renata Tebaldi the soprano parts.
The following year he visited the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro as well as taking part in the La Scala premiere of Lodovico Roccas L'URAGANO in 1952 and the 1954 première at the Teatro San Carlo of Napoli in I PESCATORI by Jacopo Napoli. He débuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Rodolfo in LA BOHEME, where he came to be one of Rudolf Bing's favourite tenors, and enjoyed popularity with the house during the '50s. He was the featured tenor for Maria Callas' Met début in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR."
- Ned Ludd