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    Senior Member Involved Member Bardamu's Avatar
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    Iris with Giuseppe Di Stefano and Rosanna Carteri

    I would like to ask to more knowledge users than me if it exists the complete recording of Iris with Giuseppe Di Stefano and Rosanna Carteri, directed by Antonio Tonini in 1957.
    With the exception of a duet I can't find anything else about it.



    Thanks in advance.

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    Junior Member Recent member Mascagnian's Avatar
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    This is wonderful. I am not acquainted with this particular recording. I have 3 complete recordings of Iris, but the only one with DiStefano is a 1956 recording, which also features Clara Petrela as Iris.
    Of course, what I would really wish to have would be a complete production on DVD. I've seen a number of snippets on YouTube but, as far as I know, this opera treasure has yet to be released on DVD.
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    Di Stefano sung Osaka in the theater eight times, between 1956 and 1957, and there is a recording with a pretty good cast:



    Iris - Pietro Mascagni
    Gianandrea Gavazzeni (1956)

    Iris Clara Petrella
    Osaka Giuseppe di Stefano
    Kyoto Saturno Meletti
    Il cieco Boris Christoff
    Un merciaiuolo Adelio Zagonara
    Un cenciaiuolo Piero de Palma

    Orchestra: Rome Opera
    Chorus: Rome Opera


    The duet with Carteri is indeed wonderful, but I think it belongs to a CD of love duets they recorded also in the 1950s. To the best of my knowledge, there is no recording of Iris with Di Stefano and Carteri. If you find one, please let me know.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascagnian View Post
    This is wonderful. I am not acquainted with this particular recording. I have 3 complete recordings of Iris, but the only one with DiStefano is a 1956 recording, which also features Clara Petrela as Iris.
    Of course, what I would really wish to have would be a complete production on DVD. I've seen a number of snippets on YouTube but, as far as I know, this opera treasure has yet to be released on DVD.
    Eh eh I understand, this wonderful opera is rarely performed even in Italy.
    A release on DVD of Iris exists (actually I am aware of two but the one in Livorno 1988 is bad quality or so I've read).
    Try search for the Rome 1996 staging with Josč Cura:
    https://www.google.it/search?q=iris+...+mascagni+1996

    On youtube there was a complete (music only) Iris some time ago (Catania 1997 with Denia Mazzola) but no more it seems.
    Maybe I will upload it on my yt channel at a latter time.

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    Oh and apparently there is another DVD from a japanese staging (not sure it is worth itfrom the snippets on yt though)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Di Stefano sung Osaka in the theater eight times, between 1956 and 1957, and there is a recording with a pretty good cast:

    Iris - Pietro Mascagni
    Gianandrea Gavazzeni (1956)

    Iris Clara Petrella
    Osaka Giuseppe di Stefano
    Kyoto Saturno Meletti
    Il cieco Boris Christoff
    Un merciaiuolo Adelio Zagonara
    Un cenciaiuolo Piero de Palma

    Orchestra: Rome Opera
    Chorus: Rome Opera


    The duet with Carteri is indeed wonderful, but I think it belongs to a CD of love duets they recorded also in the 1950s. To the best of my knowledge, there is no recording of Iris with Di Stefano and Carteri. If you find one, please let me know.
    You confirm my fears Schigolch. Really a pity.
    I've already listened to the Petrella/Di Stefano incision but I'm not much a fan of it.
    The difference just from that single duet is big IMO, so I was very eager and hopeful to get the full opera but I wasn't meant to.

    Also I'm not enthusiast about the version with Domingo or the live in Rome 1996 from the little I've heard on yt (although I was positively impressed by Cura).
    Same with Olivero (directed by Questa).

    Thanks anyway.

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    Well, Iris is a great opera but there are not very many recordings.

    Don't know if you have heard Olivero, but in 1963 with Ottolini, Capecchi and Clabassi, Vernizzi conducting. She starts singing poorly "Ho fatto un triste sogno", with excessive (even for her) vibrato, diminutive center and open, awful top notes, but from this low beginning she improves noticeably. Ottolini makes a (rather surprisingly) decent effort, even in the very difficult "Apri la tu finestra", but his top notes were never the best. Capecchi performs (just barely) and Clabassi was a nice bass, but perhaps 1963 was already too late for him.

    Apart from maybe this one, I think you have already commented all other Iris on record.

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    From the few samples I've heard of the Vernizzi version,it didn't seemed worth of a purchase.

    For those who wish to listen to the complete opera here the staging in Catania 1997


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