Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito - Bonisolli, Coster, Sighele, Wolff, Casula, Roni; Kertesz. Rai di Roma, 1970
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This excellent recording of La Clemenza di Tito is notable for Franco Bonisolli's assumption of the title role. I immediately thought that Bonisolli's notorious stage histrionics would not be a good match for Mozart. I was quickly proven wrong. He displays restraint and sings flawlessly and ultimately spoils the listener by combining a burly tone with a technique capable of pulling off Mozart. Beverly Wolff sings the part of Sesto. Her voluptuous mezzo may not be the most successful at conveying the sound of a young man, however her singing is very exciting particularly in "Parto, Parto." Janet Coster is sufficiently hysterical as Vitellia. For lovers of recitative I should disclose that much of it is cut from this performance (if it is any consolation they were written by Süssmayr not Mozart.) The sound is very good.