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Fedora proves to be a great vehicle for Mario Del Monaco late in his career. The forgiving writing doesn’t demand the same level of technical high-rope walking as many of Del Monaco’s great Verdi roles, while still giving him ample opportunity to unleash his gargantuan tenor to the delight of the audience. In the title role Mirella Parutto, who had started her career as a soprano only to switch to mezzo halfway through, returns to the soprano realm, albeit a low-impact soprano role. The tessitura seems to suit her and even if she ducks the high C in the Act II duet she still impresses with her opulent tone and regal stage presence. The sound is fair to good.
Mario Del Monaco sings excerpts from Andrea Chénier
Renata Tebaldi, Maddalena