• Norma


    Claudia Muzio as Norma

    In 1927, Claudia Muzio sung Norma at the Teatro Colón. It was one of the last roles she incorporated into her repertoire, and she did not sing it often, but she was very proud of being able to overcome the great challenge Norma was for her.

    Muzio's vocality was very far of the ideal one for the role. Her instrument was that of a lyric-spinto soprano, and her voice was of small to medium size. She was terribly at her very limits as a singer. However, she was so good, and with an incredible intuition, that she was able to get a "succès d'estime", singing the Gaul priestess.

    In this Buenos Aires cast, were also Stignani, Lauri-Volpi and Tancredi Pasero. Some reviews:

    Quote Originally Posted by La Prensa
    Claudia Muzio estuvo perfecta como sacerdotisa, cantando Casta Diva de forma exquisita. En los actos siguientes, en que la hierática vestal cede el paso a la madre y a la mujer apasionada, no hubiera podido desearse mayor dramaticidad y expresión vocal más impresionante
    Quote Originally Posted by La Nación
    El talento de Muzio, flexible y seguro, salva los más arriesgados compromisos vocales con un arte simple, de tanta discreción como buen gusto
    After Buenos Aires, she also sung Norma in Rome and Florence.

    We can hear Muzio's Casta Diva, recorded in 1935, in a competent version:



    We can compare with some of her brilliant contemporaries:

    Rosa Ponselle:



    Rosa Raisa



    Giannina Arangi-Lombardi:




    Apart from Norma, Muzio was planning to sing in 1936, during a small and transitory improvement of her health, the role of Amina. Regrettably, she was no longer able to do that, but she recorded this "Ah, non credea mirarti", for her Columbia recordings:



    Back in 1922, the young Muzio also recorded this very beautiful version of an aria from Bianca e Fernando, Sorgi o padre:

    Sorgi o padre-Claudia Muzio


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