Streaming the First Century
Session 3: Italian Roots
Explore Streaming the First Century, San Francisco Opera’s historic archival recording release.
Oliviero de Fabritiis, conductor
(run time 1 hour and 9 minutes)
Riccardo Chailly, conductor
(run time 2 hours and 58 minutes
ANDREA CHÉNIER, 1938
IL TROVATORE, 1971
LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, 2005
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
Historic interviews, contemporary conversations, and topical essays
STREAMING THE FIRST CENTURY
Like so many Italian singers of the early- and mid-twentieth century, Del Monaco knew how to sing forcefully and dramatically, emphasizing words and conveying emotion without yelling. ... This is evident in the flow of Bastianini’s “Prologue” as well as Del Monaco’s first aria ... Holding her own with these superstars is the American singer Marilyn Horne at a turning point in her career. From Nedda’s first utterances we notice the warm and easy sound, suggesting a sensual person.
Judith Malafronte (on Pagliacci, 1962)
In San Francisco Opera’s 1977 production of Turandot, conducted by 24-year-old prodigy Riccardo Chailly, the lead roles were sung by two of the opera world’s biggest superstars, both in their prime and admired above all for the sheer sensuous beauty of their voices: 44-year-old Spaniard Montserrat Caballé and 42-year-old Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
Mark Burford (on Turandot, 1977)
Historic Audio Recordings