Verdi: I Vespri siciliani - Cerquetti, Ortica, Tagliabue, Christoff; Rossi. Rai, 1955
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The role of Elena in I Vespri siciliani is notoriously difficult to cast as it requires a soprano who has the heft of an Aida with the agility of a Gilda. Fortunately Anita Cerquetti was just such a soprano and she makes this opera come to life. The rest of the castis solid particularly Boris Christoff as Procida, but they do not reach her level of brilliance. And for a soprano who left very few recordings, one can be grateful that a document such as this, in perfect sound, exists.