• Tosca


    Claudia Muzio como Tosca

    1911. February, the 27th. Claudia Muzio sings Tosca for the first time, with Pagani and Pastorelli, at Teatro Comunale, in Catanzaro. Floria Tosca will be one of her best creations.

    Three years later, in 1914, and just a few months before a terrible tragedy will befall Europe, Muzio is singing Tosca at the Covent Garden, with Caruso and Scotti. She received great reviews:

    Quote Originally Posted by The Times
    Her Italian diction and fluid singing were admirable
    Quote Originally Posted by Musical Times
    Ms. Muzio is one of the greatest artists to have sung ever at the Covent Garden. Her musicality is outstanding, and her singing, the essence of Italy. She is also a great actress
    It's almost inexplicable that, after such reviews and the enthusiastic answer of the audience, Muzio will never again come back to England.

    Then, in 1916 she is singing, again with Caruso and Scotti, Tosca at the MET. It was the first time an Italian singer was presenting the role in New York. Until then, sopranos like Eames, Farrar or Destinn were the singers of choice. The reviews praised also Muzio, though they were not as raptorous as in London.

    Quote Originally Posted by The New York Times
    The new Italian soprano of the MET is young and beautiful. She is able to sing well, with good dramatic intensity. The voice is nice and pleasant. An interesting artist
    Quote Originally Posted by The New York Sun
    A good lyrical soprano, with a vibrant voice, though the top notes are somewhat strained. She showed an admirable commitment as an actress
    Claudia Muzio was adored in Buenos Aires. Her fist role there was no other than Floria Tosca. The cast included Gigli and the baritone Viglione-Borghese. After those performances, she was known in Argentina as "la Divina Claudia". She received, of course, glowing reviews:

    Quote Originally Posted by La Prensa
    Es la voz más llena y sonora que hemos escuchado nunca. Es inolvidable el encanto de su timbre puro, cálido, de aterciopelada suavidad
    Quote Originally Posted by La Razón
    Como Floria Tosca, la señorita Muzio, una artista elegante, de bella línea y simpática figura, caracterizó maravillosamente al personaje, tanto en lo vocal como en lo dramático
    With a similar reception in Chicago, Montevideo, México, Milan, Rome... she was indeed on top of the operatic world. In 1932 she inaugurated a new buidling for the San Francisco Opera, singing Tosca with Borgioli and Gandolfi. The first act of the performance was broadcasted and we can here below Muzio's intervention:



    We can also listen to a couple of versions of "Vissi d'arte". The first one, acoustic, is a little accelerated:

    Vissi d'arte-1919-Muzio

    The second one, from 1935, is one of those unfading jewels of Muzio's art. Her piercing phrasing, and the gried transmited by her wonderful voice, that it seems on the verge of breaking, and break ourselves in the process, with such pure emotion.




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