Mozart: Don Giovanni, K. 527 / Petri, Gencer
Tajo, Italo; Jurinac, Sena; Della Casa, Lisa; Bruscantini, Sesto; Noni, Alda; Alva, Luigi; Stich-Randall, Teresa; Cesari, Renato; Sanzogno, Nino; Valletti, Cesare; Sciutti, Graziella; Gencer, Leyla; Simonetto, Alfredo; Christoff, Boris; Rossi-Lemeni, Nicola; Rossi, Mario; Mannino, Franco; Pradelli, Franceso Molinari; Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI di Milano; Borst, Heinz; Gobbi, Tito; Questa, Angelo; Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth; Coro di Milano della RAI; Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI di Roma;
This brilliant recording of Mozart’s Don Giovanni was taken live in the Auditorium del Conservatorio G. Verdi di Milano in April of 1960. Sure to become a reference recording, this release features Leyla Gencer in the role of Donn’Elvra, Sesto Bruscantini in the role of Leporello, and Mario Petri in the role of Don Giovanni. The star of the show, Mario Petri was an Italian operatic bass who was widely known for his Mozart and Rossini roles. He sang his first Don Giovanni in 1950 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He quickly became associated with this role across Italy. This reputation led to invitation to appear at the festivals of Glyndebourne, Salzburg, and Edinburgh.