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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARIO DEL MONACO!
We are celebrating Mario del Monaco's 100th Birthday by featuring these two extraordinary performances of his available on DVD:
DVD 6490 OTELLO
Del Monaco, Tucci, Gobbi; Erede, Tokyo 1959
Mario del Monaco was, and for many still IS, the Otello of the 20th century. This performance from Tokyo in 1959 captures him at his absolute prime: handsome, imposing, vocally regally and an absolute stage animal. Gabriella Tucci is a sympathetic Desdmona. Though she may have lacked the charm and finish of Tebaldi, she is still world-class and will break your heart. Tito Gobbi is a definitive Iago, unafraid of appearing and sounding ugly when the role calls for it but also possessing the charisma an Iago needs to pull off his diabolical scheme.
BONUS: This DVD includes highlights from CARMEN (in Italian) with del Monaco and Simionato, also from Tokyo in 1959, and ANDREA CHENIER with Renata Tebaldi from Tokyo in 1961.
DVD 6178 CARMEN
Del Monaco, Arkhipova; Moscow 1959
This bilingual production of Bizet's CARMEN from Moscow features two extraordinary, high-stakes performances from Mario del Monaco as Don Jose, singing in Italian, and the excellent Russian mezzo Irina Arkhipova singing Carmen in Russian. Arkhipova is a highly individual Carmen, having grown up in the Soviet Union and therefore unfamiliar with the traditions surrounding the role at the time. It remains a singular and intriguing interpretation to behold. Del Monaco is a high-octane, crazed Don Jose. In the final scene, which you can preview here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkTLoAsOS7c, his level of commitment is frighteningly real.
BONUS: This DVD includes a TV concert, in which del Monaco sing selections from Die Walküre (in Italian), Figaro's aria from The Barber of Seville and Norma.
If you liked these titles, you will also enjoy:
DVD 6439 NORMA with Elinor Ross, 1967
DVD 5113 PAGLIACCI with Gabriella Tucci and Aldo Protti, 1961
DVD 5870 IL TROVATORE with Leyla Gencer, studio film from 1957
DVD 5610 OTELLO with Rosanna Carteri, RAI film from 1958
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