Mary Curtis-Verna          (Malibran 707)
Item# V1485
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Mary Curtis-Verna          (Malibran 707)
V1485. MARIA CURTIS-VERNA, w.Basile, Capuana, Questa & Max Rudolf Cond.:  Arias from La Sonnambula, Mefistofele, La Wally, Adriana Lecouvreur, Andrea Chénier, Tosca, Ernani, Otello, Ballo & Aïda;  w.Cesare Valletti:  Don Giovanni – Or sai chi l’onore (w.recit.).  (France) Malibran 707, recorded 1952-54. Final Copy! - 3760003777077


“Mary Curtis-Verna, a Metropolitan Opera soprano of the 1950s and ‘60s who became famous for stepping into the roles of ailing, stranded or otherwise indisposed divas, often on only a few hours’ notice, was known to opera aficionados for her large, flexible voice and astute musicianship. Ms Curtis-Verna…appeared in nearly 100 performances…and was partnered with some of the best-known male singers of the era, among them Leonard Warren, Richard Tucker and Jussi Björling.”

- Margalit Fox, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 27 Dec., 2009

"Curtis-Verna was an American soprano (born Mary Curtis, she married her Italian voice teacher Verna) who made quite a name for herself in the 1950s and 60s by being willing and able to jump in to replace an ailing singer who cancelled at the last minute. She had a lovely spinto soprano voice, evenly produced from bottom to top of her range, and a very natural way with a phrase. Curtis-Verna didn’t bring either a unique personality or voice to the stage, but she was a very fine singer. In today’s world, when she wouldn’t be in competition with the likes of Milanov, Albanese, and Tebaldi, she would probably have a bigger career on records

- Henry Fogel, FANFARE

“In 1957, [Curtis-Verna] arrived at the Met…and she remained for ten seasons, singing ninety-six performances in nineteen roles. She sang Amelia in Leonard Warren’s last complete performance at the Met, the opening night of the new production of SIMON BOCCANEGRA. She toured in concerts with Jussi Björling and sang opposite him in his final performances at the Met….She sang Verdi’s bel canto with a verismo soprano’s attention to text, while imbuing verismo roles with bel canto virtues….Curtis-Verna worked unremittingly.”

- Richard Dyer, OPERA NEWS, Feb., 2005