Sweet Singing at the Stake: Renata Tebaldi as Joan of Arc

Statue of Giovanna d'Arco (Joan of Arc) in Paris, France.(Photo: franfiorini)
Statue of Giovanna d'Arco (Joan of Arc) in Paris, France.(Photo: franfiorini)

Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc) might not be the first heroine to spring to mind from among the dramatis personæ of Giuseppi Verdi’s operas. But it was a role to contend with. In recent decades, the opera has received only a relative smattering of performances worldwide, but the list of Joans of Arc in those performances is a Who’s Who of sopranodom: Susan Dunn, Teresa Stratas, June Anderson, Montserrat Caballé and Renata Tebaldi, to name a few.

Here is a recording of Italian soprana Renata Tebaldi in a 1951 performance of Pronto sono! from Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco:

They don’t make them like that anymore.

 

Comments
  • http://MSN Claude Michaud

    La Tebaldi had such a powerful, rich voice.
    Nobody sings like this anymore.
    She is unique – Also Carlo Bergonzi is great.
    Powerful Powerful and Powerful what can i say more>

    • http://www.wosu.org Jennifer Hambrick

      Claude,
      Thank you for your comment. Agreed on all counts about La Tebaldi and Carlo Bergonzi. Thank goodness for their recordings. I appreciate your writing in!
      - Jennifer Hambrick

      • Claude Michaud

        Hi Jennifer – Thanks for your reply.
        I was lucky to have seen La Tebaldi 4 times live –
        I saw her in Otello in Montreal with Mario del Monaco and Tito Gobbi,
        also in two recitals in Montreal and in La Gioconda at the Met with Carlo Bergonzi.
        She was great – I still remember her gorgeous smile with those dimples.
        She was incredible – what a memory. I will never forget her.

  • Claude Michaud

    Hi Jennifer – Thanks for your reply.
    I was lucky to have seen La Tebaldi 4 times live –
    I saw her in Otello in Montreal with Mario del Monaco and Tito Gobbi,
    also in two recitals in Montreal and in La Gioconda at the Met with Carlo Bergonzi.
    She was great – I still remember her gorgeous smile with those dimples.
    She was incredible – what a memory. I will never forget her.