Verdi: Simon Boccanegra - Gobbi (2CD)

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Tito Gobbi, Leyla Gencer, Giorgio Tozzi, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Opera d'Oro presents Grand Tier, a deluxe edition of the most beloved Opera d'Oro performances, with original artwork by Rafal Olbinski and Opera d'Oro's best remastered sound! Featuring a 64-page booklet with historic photos, a complete Italian libretto and new English translation, and an essay on the performance by Robert Levine, this thrilling Simon Boccanegra features the magnificent Italian baritone, Tito Gobbi in the title role singing under the baton of Gianandrea Gavazenni.

"Simon Boccanegra is both a beautiful and important opera. There is nothing superficial or foolish about its themes of familial and political anguish, love, forgiveness and equality. One cannot avoid being touched by it. This 1961 recording is in fine sound, with a theatrical ambiance, and the performance is a great find for Verdians at any level of sophistication and a treat for aficionados." - Robert Levine

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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

Simon: Tito Gobbi
Maria/Amelia: Leyla Gencer
Fiesco/Andrea: Giorgio Tozzi
Gabriele: Giuseppe Zampieri
Paolo: Rolando Panerai
Pietro: Vito Susca
Captain: Gleide Petersen

Orchestra & Chorus of the Vienna State Opera, Gianandrea Gavazzeni (conductor)

Live Performance, Salzburg, August 19, 1961