Verdi: Simon Boccanegra - Cappuccilli, Freni, G Raimondi, Ghiaurov, Foiani; Abbado. Milano, 1972
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This production of Simon Boccanegra serves as a testament to the Abbado-era at La Scala just like the Macbeth with Shirley Verrett and Piero Cappuccilli does. Cappuccilli returns for this one and is joined by Mirella Freni who is absolutely perfect as Amelia, combining purity of voice with spinto reserves. Her husband, Nicolai Ghiaurov sings Fiesco and Gianni Raimondi, sings a beautiful Gabriele. The music making is phenomenal.
NOTE: This recording is missing the Chamber scene.