Bellini: Norma - Stella, Del Monaco, Nicolai, Clabassi; Ghione. Rio de Janiero, 1956
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Antonietta Stella is a singer about whom you never hear a bad word. She had the physical and vocal presence of a goddess with a voice that could sing just about anything (she even sang Sieglinde in Italian.) Her Norma is no exception. She is joined by Mario Del Monaco as a swaggering Pollione and Elena Nicolai as Aldagisa. I have to warn you all that there is a very prominent hiss, but beneath the surface flaws is a truly great performance.