Bizet: Carmen - Simionato, Corelli, Jurinac, Tagliabue, de Palma; Rodzinsky. Naples, 1953
Listen to a Sample:
First the bad news. The sound is only so-so and the prelude is missing. The good news is that this performance is incredibly exciting and features Franco Corelli early in his career. I was afraid that his b flat in the Flower aria would break my speakers, it was so immense. Paired with a veteran like Giulietta Simionato you have a very exciting (Italian version) Carmen. Fans of Sena Jurinac will not be disappointed either. She sings her show-stopping aria with poise and exquisite line. I would say in all the performance overcomes any deficiencies in the sound.