Monday, 26 March 2012

Don Giovanni St Louis 1941

Pinza as Don Giovanni
American Radio often broadcast from regional opera houses such as San Francisco, Chicago and St Louis during the 1930s and 1940s. Not many operas were broadcast complete, and not many recordings survive. Ezio Pinza was the Met's reigning Don Giovanni during the 1930s and 1940s, featuring in many broadcasts, and so the management of the St Louis opera house had secured themselves a real star for their production of the opera. With him is the Italian tenor Tito Schipa, a light-voiced stylish singer who is approaching the end of this career here, but still very much worth hearing.

Mozart: Don Giovanni, Act II (part)

Anne Roselle: Donna Anna
Vivian della Chiesa: Donna Elvira
Margit Bokor: Zerlina
Tito Schipa: Don Ottavio
Ezio Pinza: Don Giovanni
Lorenzo Alvary: Leporello
Carlo Alexander: Masetto
St. Louis Opera, cond. Laszlo Halasz, April 16, 1941

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