Tito Gobbi: 100th Anniversary Edition
100th Anniversary Edition
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The extracts from these three operas were filmed by the BBC at the height of Tito Gobbi's operatic career, at a time when he was in demand internationally and in particular at Covent Garden, where he famously sang the role of Scarpia in the 1964 production of Tosca directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Maria Callas sang the title role, with Act II having been shown on British television to great acclaim. Gobbi was closely associated with the role of Scarpia, not least because he performed Tosca some 900 times, singing Scarpia for the first time in 1939.'
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My only reservations lie with the choice of material. It is rather disjointed. There are bits from Rigoletto, where he gives an excellent performance both as a actor and as a singer. The supporting cast is not first rate. In Gianni Schicchi he is his usual best. The supporting cast here is much better. It is a pity that the bulk of the inheritance scene is missing, but fortunately it exists on another EMI DVD called Great Opera Singers. His portrayal of Scarpia in Tosca is as expected excellent.
It is a great pity that Act II of Tosca with Tito Gobbi and Maria Callas has not been remastered, as these recordings have. Both Callas and Gobbi give unsurpassable performances and Gobbi himself is much better than on the present disc. I just hope that some opera loving DVD producer will provide us with this. The same is true of a complete Rigoletto that exists on Video with Gobbi, conducted by Toulio Serafin, that never appeared on DVD.
I was fortunate to have seen Tito Gobbi in a number of roles at Covent Garden in my youth. Of all the roles I saw him, at least to me, the most striking was Simon Boccanegra. It is a pity that nothing visual has been produced with Gobbi in what I feel was his most famous role.
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