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"ICA Classics to release a new DVD in commemoration of Tito Gobbi’s 100th Anniversary

In association with the Associazione Musicale Tito Gobbi, ICA Classics proudly presents this new Tito Gobbi DVD release in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Featuring Tito Gobbi in excerpts from Rigoletto, Gianni Schicchi and his signature role, Scarpia in Tosca, this exciting DVD features selections from the original Great Characters in Opera television series produced for the BBC by Patricia Foy in 1965-66. These exceptional interpretations are being made available on DVD for the first time and show the legendary baritone at the height of his career when he was in demand internationally and in particular at London’s Covent Garden.

These films display Tito Gobbi’s deep understanding of each role he undertook, immersing himself totally in the characters, the history and traditions of the period - in fact going so far as to sketch positions and movements as he imagined the soul of each individual. These rare sketches feature in the booklet of the Gobbi DVD, together with the note written by this daughter, Cecilia Gobbi, who is also President of Associazione Musicale Tito Gobbi, which is available in English and in Italian. This DVD provides an exceptional account of this remarkable singer and actor’s portrayal of three major operatic roles that featured continuously throughout his distinguished career.

ICA CLASSICS is a division of the management agency International Classical Artists Ltd (ICA). With more than a hundred titles to date, the ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists from sources such as the BBC, WDR in Cologne and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. These recordings are expertly and lovingly restored and are being released on CD/DVD for the first time. The ICA Classics team has been instrumental in the success of many audio and audiovisual productions over the years, including the origination of the DVD series The Art of Conducting, The Art of Piano and The Art of Violin; the archive-based DVD series Classic Archive; co-production documentaries featuring artists such as Richter, Mravinsky and Toscanini; the creation of the BBC Legends label; and the audio series Great Conductors of the 20th Century produced for EMI Classics.

Please go to www.icaclassics.com for more information."