Puccini: Il Trittico (3CD)

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Mirella Freni, Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bruno Bartoletti

The main reason for this set is Freni's interpretation of Suor Angelica. There is no denying that the voice is not as steady and easy as it once was but for a lady of nearly 60 years (when this recording was made) it is astonishing! In Senza mamma, her floated "sei qui, sei qui" is breathtaking; a mother's farewell to her beloved child.

The other two operas are quite acceptable with the voices of Juan Pons and Roberto Alagna standing out.

'These three operas showcase what a marvellously versatile singer Mirella Freni was.'