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Richard Sininger
American Record Guide, March 2016

TEATRO ALLA SCALA - The Golden Years, Vol. 1 (Documentaries, 1981-1982) (NTSC) DYN-37728
TEATRO ALLA SCALA - The Golden Years, Vol. 2 (Documentaries, 1981-1982) (NTSC) DYN-37729
TEATRO ALLA SCALA - The Golden Years, Vol. 3 (Documentaries, 1981) (NTSC) DYN-37730

For most current opera lovers, the best parts are the unusual excerpts and the long interviews. I especially enjoyed footage of a rehearsal of the Cavalleria duet with Giulietta Simionato and Franco Corelli, Maria Callas singing ‘Vissi d’Arte’, a young (much thinner) Luciano Pavarotti singing ‘Di quella pira’, and a small section of the Butterfly love duet with Carlo Bergonzi and an unidentified Renata Scotto. …By far the best parts of this film are [the] conversations, especially with Mario del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Giulietta Simionato, Claudio Abbado, Placido Domingo, and Mirella Freni. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, January 2016

…the films involve the journalist Enzo Biagi, one of Italy’s most famous music journalists, who had extensive access to La Scala, its artists and staff. He is seen interviewing and following productions during a golden period for the theatre extending from the 1970s into the 1980s. As is the case with the previous issues, this volume comprises two films. However, for volume 3 the focus is on the 1981 visit of La Scala to Tokyo. The quality of the film, if not of the clips from the stage productions, is generally superior to the earlier volumes. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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