Verdi: Un ballo in Maschera - Cerquetti, Poggi, Bastianini, Stignani, Manni-Jottini, Neri, Washington; Tieri. Firenze, 1957

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Anita Cerquetti is a soprano whose legacy exists almost entirely on live recordings such as this one.   Her career was not very long and she had the misfortune of having stiff competition in the Verdi soprano market.  Here she sings the role of Amelia flawlessly combining all the traits of a true Verdi soprano.  Endless line, purity of tone and power.  Listen to the C she spins in her aria in the sample below.  She is surrounded with a great cast including Gianni Poggi, Ettore Bastianini and Ebe Stignani.  It is pure magic!

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