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 & Aļda;  w.Cesare Valletti:  Don Giovanni – Or sai chi l’onore (w.recit.).  (France) Malibran 707, recorded 1952-54. - 3760003777077


“Mary Curtis-Verna, a Metropolitan Opera soprano of the 1950s and ‘60s who became famous for stepping into the rōles 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 YOUR TIMES, 27 Dec., 2009

“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