Ponchielli: La Gioconda - Bumbry, Tucker, Shinall, Cornell, Ramey; Silipigni. 1974
Listen to a Sample:
- Grace Bumbry, in the title role, embodies all the qualities that you need to elevate a b level opera with a weak libretto (Arrigo Boito didn't even want it on his CV) to a hair-raising and unforgettable night at the theater. She brings fearless power without ever sacrificing the natural beauty of her unique instrument.
- Richard Tucker does not let the fact that he was already in his 60s stop him from delivering a performance that would be the envy of any tenor in his prime.
- A young Samuel Ramey makes a strong impression as Alvise.
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