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Re: [ARSCLIST] Mercury Living Presence Opera sets

Here's one for Tom Fine.

There has been a thread on Opera-L about the Mercury Living Presence recording of Rigoletto recorded in Florence in July 1960 by the usual team of Cozart, Fine and Lawrence. The brochure says that the venue was the Teatro della Pergola. The recording seems to have been made on behalf of Ricordi, who were represented at the sessions by Dr. Carlo Ricordi.

One of the contributors to Opera-L insists that the Mercury program note is incorrect and that Wilma Cozart later said that the recording was actually made in a nearby warehouse. The same contributor (Max Paley) says that the original master tapes "seem to have disappeared."

There are some other interesting Living Presence opera recordings, including Paisiello's Barber of Seville, and Cherubini's Medea with Callas. Also recordings of Lucia and La Serva Padrona.

I would really like to hear the Rigoletto and Basrbiere on SACD.

What is the fate of the original recordings and where was the Rigoletto recorded?

Steve Abrams

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