VERDI: AIDA - MILANOV, BJORLING, WARREN, CHRISTOFF (3 CDS)
Famed for her raptly floated pianissimi, Croatian-born soprano Zinka Milanov was the Met’s leading lady for three decades until her 1966 farewell. Here she stars as Verdi’s Ethiopian slave alongside Jussi Björling as a superbly heroic Radamès, full-toned Italian mezzo Fedora Barbieri as Amneris and the US-born Leonard Warren, probably the greatest Verdi baritone of his day, as Amonasro.
Zinka Milanov (Aida), Jussi Björling (Radamès), Fedora Barbieri (Amneris), Leonard Warren (Amonasro), Boris Christoff (Ramphis/Il Re di Egitto), Bruna Rizzoli (Una Sacerdotessa), Mario Carlin (Un Messaggero)
Orchestra e Coro dell Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Jonel Perlea