Verdi: Il Trovatore - Sass, Casellato-Lamberti, Dunn, Sardinero, Ferrin; Santi. Hamburg, 1977


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This recording of Il Trovatore is attractive as it affords a glimpse into the brief but brilliant career of the Hungarian soprano Sylvia Sass.  Initially hailed as a possible successor to the Callas legacy, she brought beauty of tone and an innate sense of style. Unfortunately, like many of the other Callas would-be heiresses, the voice could not sustain the demands of the repertory.  This performance, however, substantiates the initial expectations.  She is joined by veteran Mignon Dunn as Azucena who seems to have a magnificent time delivering an oversized Azucena and singing like a force of nature.  Giorgio Casellato-Lamberti is a sturdy Manrico delivering the ringing tones that one expects for this role but not a whole lot else.  Vicente Sardinero is a suave Di Luna and Nello Santi renders a sublime reading from the Hamburgers.  The sound is fair to good.  I must point out that there is a substantial chunk missing in the opening of Act III from "Giorni poveri vivea" in addition to a few minor breaks.   I have included, at the end of the set, the missing material featuring the great Irene Dalis.

Irene Dalis sings "Giorni poveri vivea" from Il Trovatore
Hamburg, March 24, 1970

OD 10642-2