Lucille Udovich sings Idomeneo (1956)
Carlo Bergonzi sings Turandot
Today, most people have become accustomed to a bigger sound in this role. Compared to its more stentorean exponents, Bergonzi is a little short on decibels, but he convinces the listener that Calaf is actually in love with Turandot, as so few of his colleagues do.
Inge Borkh sings Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido (1956)
Joseph Rogatchewsky sings Orphée et Eurydice (1931)
Rogatchewsky was born in Ukraine. He moved to Paris before the First World War and permanently settled in Brussels in the mid-1920s.
Pierre Fouchy sings Le Roi d’Ys (1932)
Eleanor Steber and Carlo Bergonzi sing Tosca (1959)
Deeply attached as I am to Bergonzi’s studio Tosca with Callas and Gobbi, I consider this 1959 version (also starring George London as Scarpia) as one of the best recordings of the opera ever made.
Carlo Bergonzi and Raina Kabaivanska sing Manon Lescaut (1970)
Carlo Bergonzi sings Un Ballo in Maschera (1967)
Carlo Bergonzi sings L’Africaine (1969)
Carlo Bergonzi passed away yesterday.