Puccini: Tosca - Olivero, Fernandi, Columbo; Tieri. Milano, 1957


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There are few singers in the world as remarkable as Magda Olivero. Although there are many that you could site who may have had more compelling instruments, Olivero was able to dwarf their superficial vocal gifts with the zen-like intensity that she brought to each role that she inhabited. This performance of Tosca is no exception. Olivero not only delivers on all of the big dramatic moments, she manages to create one of the most well-rounded characterization of Tosca that you are likely to come by. Her ”Vissì d’arte” is a lesson in bel canto. The rest of the cast is very good but ultimately it is Olivero’s night.

Magda Olivero sings excerpts from Madama Butterfly
Napoli, 1960

OD 11066-2

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