Gino Bechi, Claudia Muzio and Richard Tauber on Sunday's The Lyric Stage
The music of Verdi, Rossini Puccini and others by three great singers on The Lyric Stage this Sunday (5/28).
This week on the LS we give attention to three singers who deserve attention.
Gino Becchi was a leading baritone who compared favorably with his contemporaries Ettore Bastianini, Leonard Warren, Tito Gobbi and Robert Merrill. Becchi sang little outside of Italy, but his his recordings have carried forward his reputation as a leading Verdi baritone.
Claudia Muzio was an expressive singer with a beautiful vocal line. From 1911 she sang in most of the major opera houses including the Metropolitan, where she created Giorgetta in Puccini's Il Tabarro in 1918, and also at La Scala, Paris, Covent Garden, Chicago, Buenos Aires and in the first performance at the new War Memorial opera house in San Francisco as Tosca in 1932.
Richard Tauber, was active from 1920 until his death in 1948. He is the touchstone of how to sing operetta. Singers such as Mario Lanza learned from him and one of today's best tenor's Piotr Beczala, has an album called "Heart's Delight - a tribute to Richard Tauber". But he sang opera beautifully as well, and was the Calaf in the first German production of Turandot in Dresden in 1926.