La Forza del Destino
by Giuseppe Verdi
Decca in the United Kingdom is re-releasing my favorite recording of La Forza del Destino, with Renata Tebaldi, Mario Del Monaco, Ettore Bastianini, Cesare Siepi, Giulietta Simionato, and Fernando Corena, conducted by Francesco Molinari-Pradelli. The set will be available as of 10 September 2002 from amazon.co.uk.
Maria Callas stars in an interesting and moving 1954 studio recording of La Forza del Destino, masterfully conducted by Tullio Serafin, with Richard Tucker, Elena Nicolai, Renato Capecchi, and the Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. This recording was made with some cuts in the score. It used to fit on 3 LP’s at a time when most recordings of this opera were on 4 LP’s. So, if you are planning to get only one recording of the opera, perhaps this is not the one that you would want. Available from amazon.com