V1731. CARLO MORELLI: Songs by Ponce, de Leva, di Chiara, Grever & de Tejada; Arias from Hérodiade, Zazà, La Gioconda, Andrea Chénier, Rigoletto & Otello; LUIGI MONTESANTO: Arias & Duets (w. dal Monte & Pacetti) from Don Giovanni, Barbiere, Rigoletto, Otello & La Gioconda. (Austria) Preiser 89738, recorded 1921-40. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 717281897389
“A first-rate Verdi baritone, Morelli excelled as Rigoletto and Iago, both represented here. His Gérard, Barnaba and Cascart were very much in demand. All are represented here along with a sampling of his Hérod in Italian and six Italian and Spanish songs. They are all beautifully sung and interpreted.
Montesanto’s recordings come from 1921 (Pathé), 1928 (Columbia) and 1933 (HMV). He was Italian and appeared mainly in European houses, Buenos Aires, and Chicago. In his only season at the Met he created the rôle of Michele in IL TABARRO (première 1918). His repertoire was similar to Morelli’s but with a generous dash of Wagner and Richard Strauss.”
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2011
“I was curious about Morelli’s classes because I knew that many of Mexico’s best professional singers went to him for coaching. It turned out that rather than concentrating on vocal technique, Morelli dwelt on interpretation, and that interested me from the start….Carlo Morelli [Met Opera, 1935-40], a Chilean, was the brother of Renato Zanelli, a tenor who was great in the role of Otello.”
- Plácido Domingo, MY FIRST FORTY YEARS, p.18