Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - Collier, Lazaro, Savoie, Forst; Mueller. Vancouver, 1966


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Marie Collier may be the Marylin Monroe of opera, both for her glamor and the mysterious circumstances surrounding her early death.  This performance captures her at the height of her tragically short career.  Her voice may be on the slender side for Santuzza, however the focus and steal of her high notes makes for this and she is able to surmount the large orchestration with ease (the exception perhaps being in her lower range.)  And like her famous portrayal of Chrystothemis on the Solti Elektra (fun fact: she replaced Gwyneth Jones) she brings a wild quality that is very exciting.   Francisco Lazaro is sturdy as Turridu and a young Judith Forst makes a cameo as Lola.  The sound is excellent.

OD 10507-1

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