Monday, 31 January 2011

Gigli in Tosca, Covent Garden 1938 and 1939

Here are two short extracts from Tosca, broadcast by the BBC in 1938 and 1939. Both feature the famous tenor Beniamino Gigli and were conducted by Vittorio Gui. Each extract is under 4 minutes long, to fit on a 78rpm record and were recorded off-air by an enthusiast. This is all from either performance that seems to exist.

June 2, 1938 (3'55) 'E lucevan le stelle' with Eva Pacetti as Tosca

May 15, 1939 (2'39) ‘Recondita armonia’ with Aristide Baracchi as the Sacristan

1 comment:

  1. Could you please repost the link of the 1939 performance. Thank you