Verdi: Un Ballo in maschera - Bergonzi, Gulin, Milnes, Carlyle, Gorr, Robinson; Guadagno. London, 1971


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The career of soprano Ángeles Gulín never reached the heights of her greatest contemporaries before her relatively early retirement in the late eighties, and this record of her Amelia shows that to be a great shame. She is in phenomenal voice in this 1971 performance from Covent Garden, and is an ardent, anguished, dramatic presence. She is opposite Carlo Bergonzi in one of his best roles, and he does not disappoint, lending a believable devil-­may-­care attitude to his fisherman aria and dramatic despair in his act III monologue. Sherrill Milnes, in excellent voice, is the third member of the love triangle, and gives a powerful, baleful rendition of ”Eri tu.” Rita Gorr is a spectral Ulrica, but Joan Carlyle rather disappoints as Oscar. The sound is excellent and in stereo.

OD 11109-2