Verdi: Un Ballo in maschera - Cossutta, Kubiak, Cappuccilli, Cvejic; Klobucar. Wien, 1974
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The highlight for me in this recording of Un Ballo in maschera is the Amelia of Teresa Kubiak. For some reason despite possessing a gorgeous lyric spinto instrument that sounded at home in almost every style and repertoire imaginable, this soprano was overlooked by recording labels during her career. Each time I hear her I am more amazed at her versatility and artistry and her Amelia is no exception. She sings the role with ease, never allowing the demands of this notoriously difficult role to get the better of her. Carlo Cossutta, another underrated singer, brings a burly sweetness to the role of Riccardo. Piero Cappuccilli’s Renato approaches perfection, combining seamless legato, effortless high notes and beauty of tone. The sound is a bit distant still clear.