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|Giuseppe Verdi, Antonino Votto, La Scala Theater Orchestra|
"Kabaivanska is a major singer with an elegant, aristocratic air about her as well as a Slavic edge to her expressive voice ... Domingo, in first bloom, is simply glorious, the baritonal qualities of his voice more inte... more »
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"Kabaivanska is a major singer with an elegant, aristocratic air about her as well as a Slavic edge to her expressive voice ... Domingo, in first bloom, is simply glorious, the baritonal qualities of his voice more interesting than overwhelming, with a real bright tenorial `ping' to his high notes ... Nicolai Ghiaurov offers a dignified, dark-hued Silva, and unknown baritone Carlo Meliciani handles Carlo's high-lying music well." --CLASSICS TODAY Ernani had its premiere in 1844 and went on swiftly to conquer the world's theaters, remaining one of Verdi's most popular operas for many decades. This performance was taped on opening night at La Scala in 1969, a historic treasure withi Domingo at the beginning of his international career. Raina Kabaivanska was born in Bulgaria in 1934 but moved to Italy to pursue her vocal career. Renowned for her interpretations of the roles of Tosca, Manon, Francesca da Rimini, and Madame Butterfly, the fiery soprano earned the nickname "the heroine of melodrama." Kabaivanska's fellow Bulgarian, Nicolai Ghiaurov, was the most eminent operatic bass of his generation.
Performance without equal
Greeta K. Brown | Anchorage, AK USA | 10/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This remarkable CD could be improved only by a video performance with two of the greatest singing/actors in opera: Raina Kabaivanska and Placido Domingo! In my personal library of opera performances, I have over 500 different titles, and this recording of "Ernani" rates among the top 20% in excellence. The re-mastering is superbly done, the orchestra as well as supporting cast are outstanding. "Ernani" is not one of Verdi's most often parformed operas, but that does not decrease its value to the true lover of opera. Even with no camera present to record the actress, when La Kabavainska sings "Ernani, Ernani!" the listener cannot help but respond to the depths of emotion of this tragic heroine. No listener will be disappointed as these two greatest of the great artists, Domingo and Kabaivanska, elevate Verdi's beautiful opera to new heights of beauty. Five stars are not enough for this magnificent performance! You must have this one!"
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Les G | Vineland, NJ United States | 03/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was ordered as a present for an opera buff. It was very much appreciated. I'm glad that it was represented accurately by you when I purchased it. Thanks again."