Puccini: Tosca - Steber, Cassilly, Cassel, Zschau; Lamarchina. 1964
Listen to a Sample:
- I am hard-pressed to think of a performance featuring Eleanor Steber I have heard that was anything but sensational, and this Tosca is no exception. Her vocal control is astonishing, her dramatic intensity is searing, her delicate singing is exquisite, and her style is nonpareil.
- A young Richard Cassilly brings a sweetness of tone to the role of Cavaradossi, the likes of which you rarely hear in Puccini.
- What Walter Cassel's voice lacks in heft, he makes up for with sumptuous vocalism.
- A young Marilyn Zschau, while still a student at Juilliard, makes an endearing cameo as the shepherd.
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