Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera - Rysanek, Spiess, Taddei; Guadagno. Wien, 1973

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With Leonie Rysanek in the cast a performance can never be described as "palid" and she is by far the best thing about this Un Ballo in Maschera from 1973. A compelling, anguished Amelia, she is at her best in the great act two love duet opposite the piercing tenor of Ludovico Spiess. Giuseppe Taddei gives a booming rendition of ”Eri Tu”, but unfortunately his aria is compromised by some audible distortion. (The quality of the recording varies between quite good and acceptable.) Olivera Mijakovic is a charming Oscar, and the Serbian mezzo Biserka Cjevic is a relatively light-voiced but beautiful-sounding Ulrica. Anton Guadagno conducts.

BONUS:
Leonie Rysanek sings arias from Macbeth and Aida.

OD 11122-2

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