Renata Tebaldi

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Puccini: Tosca
Ferruccio Tagliavini / Tito Gobbi / The Covent Garden Opera Chorus / The Covent Garden Orchestra / Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

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This June 1955 performance of Puccini’s Tosca marked Renata Tebaldi’s first appearance with the Covent Garden Company. The roles of Cavaradossi and Scarpia were filled by two of Italy’s finest singers, Ferruccio Tagliavini (Cavaradossi) and Tito Gobbi (Scarpia). All three went on to make memorable studio recordings for Decca, Cetra and EMI. The Times wrote, ‘The performance was tremendous, not only in the singing, which was up to the heroic standards of the past, but in dramatic tension’.

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