"Her first public appearance came in 1944 as Elena in Boito's Mefistofele at the Teatro Municipale in Rovigo. That same year she repeated the role in Parma and Venice. Arturo Toscanini heard her and asked her to participate in the reopening of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1946. She also sang the Verdi Requiem there that year, as well as Mimì in La bohème and Eva in Die Meistersinger (in Italian). From 1949 to 1954, she sang frequently at La Scala, but she left over bitter feelings regarding Maria Callas, her only real rival as prima donna of the company. During this time, she also sang regularly in many of the important opera houses in Italy. Besides her work in opera, Tebaldi appeared in recital and in concerts. Her recital programs consisted primarily of Italian songs and operatic arias. Toscanini considered her voice one of the most beautiful in the twentieth century." - AMG.
This is a London/DECCA 'Blue Back' early pressing from 1959.
The record is Exc.
The jacket is Exc-.
The LP plays/sounds Mint+.
Absolutely stunning. Her voice is warm, full and lush. Tebaldi's unique sound and full range are beautifully captured on this LP. Instruments, also, sound full and warm and very realistic. A magnificent recording.
Surface noise consists of approx. 20-30 seconds of audible 'ticks' on the beginning of both sides. After that there are some random, low-level 'ticks' which do not intrude on the Music.
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