Puccini: La fanciulla del West - Souliotis, Casellato-Lamberti, G. Guelfi, de Palma; De Fabritiis. Roma, 1974


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It is both amazing and sad that Elena Souliotis was nearing the end of her career in 1974 and she wasn't even thirty.  Perhaps she was the victim of being pushed too early and too far.   However Fanciulla seems to sit in her voice well and she is able to bring out the childlike innocence of Minnie making the card scene seem all the more agonizing and her encounters with Dick Johnson (Giorgo Casellato-Lamberti) all the more charged.   Oliviero De Fabritiis lets the score caress the singers, never covering them.  The sound is good.

OD 10061-2

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